Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2010

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Smooth and delicious- a super all around merlot that will go all out to please almost everyone.

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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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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/05/2013

The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a full bodied style of warm climate Merlot with a round, supple finish.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/05/2013

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


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
11/16/2010

One of this winery's better efforts , it strikes a lovely balance, casting its ripe, beautifully focused cherry, currant and vaguely green, herbal aromas and flavors against a refined structure, finishing with fine-grained tannins.


External Review
08/06/2013

Smooth and amiable, with a cooked edge to the sassafras-accented cherry flavors, hinting at chocolate as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2015. 105,000 cases made. -HS 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 and a long, smooth, sweet finish. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. I think of this wine as a great 'any day red.' - Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerBlend:91% Merlot4% Syrah5% Blender varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache)Total Acidity: 0.51g/100mlpH: 3.79Alcohol: 13.5%


External Review
04/30/2014

Smooth and amiable, with a cooked edge to the sassafras-accented cherry flavors, hinting at chocolate as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2015. 105,000 cases made. -HS 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 and a long, smooth, sweet finish. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. I think of this wine as a great 'any day red.' - Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerBlend:91% Merlot4% Syrah5% Blender varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache)Total Acidity: 0.51g/100mlpH: 3.79Alcohol: 13.5% ** SOLD OUT **



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