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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2008

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We craft this wine to be our complex yet approachable Merlot. The wine offers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit flavors. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. I think of this wine as a great “everyday red.

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Chateau Ste. Michelle:
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle ... Read more
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle Vintners,” under the direction of Andre Tchelistcheff, which is where Ste. Michelle really took off. Their first vines were planted at the now-legendary Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington in 1972. When a French style chateau was built in Woodinville by Ste. Michelle Vintners in 1976, the winery finally became known as Chateau Ste. Michelle. The terroir is very important for Chateau Ste. Michelle. Columbia Valley isn’t just important because they have over 3,500 acres under vine there - they love the land, and they even helped to make it recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA). Columbia Valley produces more Riesling than any other American region, and Chateau Ste. Michelle leads that charge as the leading North American Riesling producer. Chateau Ste. Michelle is known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it didn’t become great magically. They actually have two separate wineries, one for making whites, and another for making reds, which allows them to have complete control of the process. In fact, they’re so serious about the difference that they have dedicated winemakers for each color. While Bob Bertheau is their head winemaker who oversees all wine, Joshua Maloney oversees only the red wines, and Wendy Stuckey cares for the white. This allows Chateau Ste. Michelle to consistently create world-class wines that never fail to surprise judges. Read less
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Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
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3.00 5
01/11/2012

Raspberry flavors, better after it sits for a bit.


Snooth User: Wolle
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3.00 5
10/08/2011

My Rating : 88 Very Elegant Cabernet with no outstanding characteristics. Nose is restrained. Fine tannins, firm acid. Price to high. I paid 11.99 at Costco


Snooth User: TZA
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3.00 5
03/27/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley

11/12/2010

Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Here is a relaxed, supple, directly fruity Merlot that goes right to the varietal point in its inviting red-cherry fruit and easy drinkability. It is medium-full-bodied and has a bit of tannin for structure but is not in the least tough, and, while it will keep for a couple of years, it is wholly enjoyable now.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Here is a relaxed


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Source: We Speak Wine
01/10/2012

"We craft this wine to be our complex yet approachable Merlot. The wine offers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit flavors. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. I think of this wine as a great "everyday red." - Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerTECHNICAL DATA Total acidity: 0.51g/100mlph: 3.88Alcohol: 13.5%Blend: 91% Merlot, 7% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon FOOD PAIRING Foods: beef, lamb, grilled salmon, hearty pastasHerbs: basil, oreganoSpice: Allspice, nutmeg, star anise


External Review
01/20/2012

Offers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit flavors.



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We craft this wine to be our complex yet approachable Merlot. The wine offers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit flavors. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. I think of this wine as a great “everyday red.

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