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We Speak Wine USD 17.99 750ml

Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley 2015

Member Review by rckr1951:

Well done wine. Blackberry, dark cherry notes are front and center leading to additional mocha, spice and a medium tannic with balanced acidity finish. 90 points - drink now - Paul

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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

Member Reviews for Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: rckr1951
1275033,546
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 05/11/2017

Well done wine. Blackberry, dark cherry notes are front and center leading to additional mocha, spice and a medium tannic with balanced acidity finish. 90 points - drink now - Paul


Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,742
3.00 5
Vintage: 2013 04/05/2017

Ripe and grapey with light acidity and light tannins.


Snooth User: Taxedmom
127613924
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 08/17/2014

Great Merlot at a reasonable price


Snooth User: jrock1021
77696363
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/25/2011

Unreal Merlot that packs a punch. Chewy dark fruits with a slight earthy undertone & hint of vanilla. Tough to beat for under $20! Go get it!


Snooth User: JimSir
30325076
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/02/2010

Very nice wine from a favorite region. A pleasant jammy taste with a strong finish.


Snooth User: Amygott
76619824
2.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/15/2011

Bland.


Snooth User: George Parkinson
220047883
4.00 5
Vintage: 1998 07/25/2009

color-red/black; nose-cherry, spice & cedar; mouth-columbian coffee, coco & moer cherry; finish-long buy it age it share it


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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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 05/09/2018

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 Blend: 86% Merlot 14% Syrah Alcohol: 14.5% Total acidity: 0.54g/100 ml pH: 3.83 ** Only 6 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 03/30/2017

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 Blend: 86% Merlot 14% Syrah Alcohol: 14.5% Total acidity: 0.54g/100 ml pH: 3.83


External Review
Vintage: 2013 02/02/2017

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 04/01/2016

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 2013 growing season was warm and consistent throughout, perfect for the vines to ripen. • Harvest started early in mid-August and extended into early November as fall brought cooler temperatures. • The long, warm 2013 growing season resulted in beautifully ripe and balanced wines. 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: 85% Merlot 15% Syrah Alc: 14.5% TA: 0.52g/100 ml pH: 3.81


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 09/09/2015

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: • 2012 was a return to the “classic” Washington vintage and a much welcomed change from the cooler 2010 and 2011 vintages. • Bud break started slightly earlier than normal but cooler temperatures through the early summer delayed veraison slightly. • A warming trend began in late July and dry conditions through mid-October were ideal for fruit ripening. 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 37% new American oak, 17% new French oak, and 46% neutral oak barrels. Blend: 85% Merlot 15% Syrah Alcohol: 14.5% Total Acidity: 0.54 g/100 ml pH: 3.81


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

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


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