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Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2014, Washington

Columbia Valley

The warm 2014 growing season in eastern Washington helped carry the fruit here to optimum ripeness. Raspberry jam meets dark cocoa, caramel, smoke and baking spices in this well-structured, medium-full-bodied red. The oak – both French and American barrels – makes its presence felt and the wine could perhaps use another year to fully integrate. Available in Ontario at the above price, $22.99 in British Columbia (on sale till March 31 for $20.99), various prices in Alberta.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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