Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Deep tobacco and spice aromas over toasty oak and matte black fruit that shows some little blue fruit greets the nose along with a touch of granite. Deep, powerful, and weighty on the palate this shows lots of richness and an edge of sweetness from wood in the mouth. Really well managed tannins disappear on the palate as bitter chocolate and tobacco flood the mouth along with gorgeous black currant fruit. The finish turns spicy with oak and hints of dried fruit and a little BBQ spiced beef jerky thing. Young and powerful, this looks to have great potential over the short to medium term. 93pts

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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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Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,048
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 03/05/2014

Deep tobacco and spice aromas over toasty oak and matte black fruit that shows some little blue fruit greets the nose along with a touch of granite. Deep, powerful, and weighty on the palate this shows lots of richness and an edge of sweetness from wood in the mouth. Really well managed tannins disappear on the palate as bitter chocolate and tobacco flood the mouth along with gorgeous black currant fruit. The finish turns spicy with oak and hints of dried fruit and a little BBQ spiced beef jerky thing. Young and powerful, this looks to have great potential over the short to medium term. 93pts


Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,048
4.70 5
Vintage: 2010 03/05/2014

Four and a half glasses


4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 08/13/2010

Red berry and cherry cola aromas with an herbaceous quality too. Very fruity with loads of fresh acidity and biting tannins. Lots of tar and dark chocolate. Very nice.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 08/17/2010

Very dark fruit, with a coffee aroma. The mouth is rich and heavy, good acidity. The finish is satisfying.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 10/04/2010

Dried cranberry and raspberry flavors on the nose. Rich, intense purple color. Fruit is almost overpowering - very ripe, rich and deep. Reminded me of a sweetened squid ink. Nice


Snooth User: Chelsey E
492205252
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 08/03/2010

Some fruity flavors with a hint of spice.


Snooth User: basilwino
2282621,039
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 10/13/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage

External Review
Vintage: 2005 03/16/2010

Chateau Ste Michelle Red Meritage Artist 2005 3Pk and all other wine from Chateau Ste Michelle are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.




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