Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2004

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Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington state’s Founding Winery, with some of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in the Columbia Valley. Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition, when the Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company were formed. The winery combines Old World winemaking tradition with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a serious yet approachable Merlot, showing complex aromas of black cherries, red liquorice and a touch of cedar. Sweet fruit on the mid-palate, with a lingering cherry finish.

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  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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Snooth User: petersga
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3.50 5
06/06/2009

Good flavor. Excellent bouquet. George's birthday 2009.


Snooth User: KMEichhonr
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4.00 5
02/19/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley

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Source: WineChateau.com
03/27/2010

This is our refined and elegant Merlot with plenty of Washingtonconcentration. The 2004 bottling exhibits complex aromas ofblack cherries, leather, dried herbs with dusty, restrained tannins.This wine showcases that perfect Horse Heaven appellationbalanced style. The bottom line is that Canoe Ridge Estatereally does Merlot right! Try this one with chicken parmiganaor a pork tenderloin.'


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Source: WineChateau.com
03/27/2010

'This is a big Merlot! It delivers concentrated aromas of darkchocolate truffles, plum, molasses and cedar. It is bold and fullbodiedwith soft, chewy tannins and a mouth-coating finish.Cold Creek Merlot showcases our 'icon' vineyard with aWashington 'icon' variety. Enjoy this wine with a thick, juicybone-in rib eye or a hearty beef stew-Cold Creek Merlot canstand up to almost anything you throw at it!'



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Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington state’s Founding Winery, with some of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in the Columbia Valley. Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition, when the Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company were formed. The winery combines Old World winemaking tradition with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a serious yet approachable Merlot, showing complex aromas of black cherries, red liquorice and a touch of cedar. Sweet fruit on the mid-palate, with a lingering cherry finish.

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