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Sherry-Lehmann USD 16.95 750ml

Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2015

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"Raspberry, cocoa, coffee and vanilla aromas lead to plump, focused fruit flavors. It's both appealing and quite varietally correct. For those looking for a quality value Merlot, look no further." - Wine Enthusiast

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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 Merlot

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Snooth User: Anne Lebrecht
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/16/2008

This is a smooth inexpensive wine that will surprise you. Excellent with a roast turkey dinner and all delicate tasting fish dishes. Great for a dessert wine though not as sweet as most. Good choice for most meals you want a smooth semi sweet wine. Lovely with a luncheon salad as well. The price is affordable.


Snooth User: myrnaarroyo
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 01/13/2011

Aromas of blackberry and cherry jam, with an earthy smokey undertone.


Snooth User: Carlo182
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2003 12/31/2012

Tried this on 12/28/12 with Brie & Figs. High degree of sedimentation in bottle, dark raspberry color. Jammy, red raspberry & blueberry. Dry, medium body, & a bit disappointed with carry through of fruit that seemed to die at the end. As it sat, the mid range really developed and strong oak came out and improved the back end which had let me down earlier. Confusing.


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot

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Vintage: 2011 03/05/2014

Fresh and appealing, with deft balance to the berry and loamy earth flavors, finishing smoothly. Drink now through 2015.


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Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

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 everyday red. - Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerBlend:94% Merlot2% Cabernet Sauvignon2% Syrah1% Malbec1% Petit VerdotTotal acidity: 0.49g/100mlph: 3.80Alcohol: 13.5%


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Vintage: 2011 03/05/2014

2011 was an excellent year for this affordable Merlot, with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Syrah included in the final blend. It seems to tilt more toward Bordeaux and away from California in style, bringing well-integrated hints of herb, tobacco and earth along with a core of black currant fruit.


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Vintage: 2011 04/30/2014

This Cabernet Sauvignon blend includes Merlot, Syrah and a small amount of "other," yielding a well-rounded, ripe wine with lush flavors of blueberry and blackberry. The tangy acids spark a finish of fresh herb, licorice and tobacco. - P.G. Fresh and appealing, with deft balance to the berry and loamy earth flavors, finishing smoothly. Drink now through 2015. 67,000 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 "everyday red." - Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerBlend:94% Merlot2% Cabernet Sauvignon2% Syrah1% Malbec1% Petit VerdotTotal acidity: 0.49g/100mlph: 3.80Alcohol: 13.5%


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Vintage: 2009 04/18/2013

This fresh, vibrant red features supple texture and well-defined cherry and currant flavors. Ripe, but remains clear and refreshing through the finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/14/2013

For thoughts on Chateau Ste Michelle’s uniqueness and recent evolution, consult my extensive April, 2013 text designed to introduce recent tasting notes. Incorporating tiny amounts of the other major Bordeaux varieties as well as 4% Syrah, the Ste Michelle’s basic 2009 Merlot delivers a positive, deep combination of dark cherry, humus-like earthiness tinged with cinnamon and saliva-inducing salinity. As it opens to the air, a greenhouse-like amalgam of flowering and leafing things adds cepage-typical allure, and the polish of tannins and degree of persistence here are admirable for a wine of its price and 100,000-case volume. Enjoy this excellent value over the next 2–3 years.


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Vintage: 2009 04/18/2013

This has a lightly funky nose that leads into a rather flat midpalate, with barrel toast and simple red fruit. It all resolves quickly into a one-dimensional finish.



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"Raspberry, cocoa, coffee and vanilla aromas lead to plump, focused fruit flavors. It's both appealing and quite varietally correct. For those looking for a quality value Merlot, look no further." - Wine Enthusiast

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