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Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley 2015

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Tasting Notes: 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. We added Wahluke Slope Syrah to enhance the mouthfeel and rich fruit character. I call this my pasta wine! - Bob Bertheau, Winemaker Vintage: • The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington state. • Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest. • Overall, 2015 saw optimal ripening across varieties and yielded outstanding wines throughout the region. Vineyards: • This Merlot is sourced predominately from vineyards throughout the Wahluke Slope in Eastern Washington, including our Indian Wells Vineyard. • Our most northern growing area, the Wahluke Slope is bordered on both the west and the south by the Columbia River. • The region is a consistent producer of high quality, ripe fruit, yielding wine with intense color and flavor. Winemaking: • Grapes were destemmed and sorted using cutting edge technology to gently handle fruit and remove any green material, allowing for more pure, concentrated fruit expression. • Gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. • Aged in 51% new American and French oak barrels. Blend: 83% Merlot 17% Syrah Alcohol: 14.5% TA: 0.52 g/100ml pH: 3.95

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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

External Reviews for Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/03/2018

Tasting Notes: 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. We added Wahluke Slope Syrah to enhance the mouthfeel and rich fruit character. I call this my pasta wine! - Bob Bertheau, Winemaker Vintage: • The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington state. • Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest. • Overall, 2015 saw optimal ripening across varieties and yielded outstanding wines throughout the region. Vineyards: • This Merlot is sourced predominately from vineyards throughout the Wahluke Slope in Eastern Washington, including our Indian Wells Vineyard. • Our most northern growing area, the Wahluke Slope is bordered on both the west and the south by the Columbia River. • The region is a consistent producer of high quality, ripe fruit, yielding wine with intense color and flavor. Winemaking: • Grapes were destemmed and sorted using cutting edge technology to gently handle fruit and remove any green material, allowing for more pure, concentrated fruit expression. • Gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. • Aged in 51% new American and French oak barrels. Blend: 83% Merlot 17% Syrah Alcohol: 14.5% TA: 0.52 g/100ml pH: 3.95



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