The State of Washington is the second largest wine producing state in the USA. The Columbia Valley produces the largest share of wines in the state and the temperature extremes from day to night as well as the arid conditions result in rich tasting wines. Merlot is a wine that is very different in the Columbia Valley than typically found in California. Columbia Valley merlot can often have tannins that rival Cabernet from California.
The 2012 Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Merlot is typical for merlot from the Columbia Valley. It has a rich initial taste but also a big tannin finish. At $8.99, this is an alternative to Cabernet to drink with your next steak or other grilled dinner.
SC Wine Joe Rating = 87