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Chateau Ste. Michelle Meritage Artist Series 3 Bottle Owc Set 2006

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Score: 91 Points (Robert Parker) Tasting Notes: This is the ultimate sculpted wine, showcasing the elegance and power of Washington fruit. The 2006 Artist Series Meritage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and a touch of Petit Verdot from our best vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley and Wahluke Slope of Washington state. Each variety contributes a special attribute to the blend, resulting in a complex wine with seamless tannins. 2006 was a "classic Washington" vintage and produced elegant, soft wines.

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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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4.00 5
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
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4.00 5
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
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4.00 5
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
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3.00 5
08/03/2010

Some fruity flavors with a hint of spice.


Snooth User: basilwino
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4.00 5
10/13/2009

Four glasses



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Score: 91 Points (Robert Parker) Tasting Notes: This is the ultimate sculpted wine, showcasing the elegance and power of Washington fruit. The 2006 Artist Series Meritage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and a touch of Petit Verdot from our best vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley and Wahluke Slope of Washington state. Each variety contributes a special attribute to the blend, resulting in a complex wine with seamless tannins. 2006 was a "classic Washington" vintage and produced elegant, soft wines.

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