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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2005

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Tasting NotesThe Indian Wells Merlot displays ripe black fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a full bodied, fruity style of warm climate Merlot with a round, soft finish. Wahluke Slope Syrah was added to the blend to enhance the mouthfeel and jammy fruit character. Enjoy it with a hearty pasta this wine will warm your soul and make any food taste better! -Bob Bertheau, WinemakerVintageThe 2005 harvest tested our winemakers patience, but ultimately delivered excellent quality fruit.The growing season started cool, followed by 90+ degree days in July and August.September brought cool and constant weather, which extended the season, allowing grapes extra time to ripen on the vine and enhance flavor development.VineyardsThis Merlot is sourced predominately from vineyards throughout the Wahluke Slope in Washington state, 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.Indian Wells vineyard is a very warm site with a long growing season.The sites loamy, sandy, well-draining soils allow vine growth to be meticulously controlled through drip irrigation and canopy management.The region is a consistent producer of high quality, ripe fruit, yielding wine with intense color and flavor.WinemakingRipe grapes were destemmed, crushed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity.Gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. The pumpovers can vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment is tasted daily to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques and find the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins.Aged in American and French oak for 16 months.Frequent aerative racking took place during barrel aging to soften tannins and enhance mouthfeel.Technical DataAlcohol....14.4% pH.... 3.65Total Acidity.... 0.56g/100mlBlend.... 87% Merlot, 13% Syrah

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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 Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: Troutfish
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4.00 5
06/19/2008

This was a great medium body, fruit forward red that had a nice smooth finish!


Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
4.00 5
05/15/2009

Very pleasant for a $15 merlot! Nose has notes of brown sugar, milk chocolate and black cherries, with some garrigue. Echoed on palate, tilting a little more toward red fruit. Medium tannin and acid, with enough structure to last a few more years. Medium body, not at all jammy or overripe. Tons of concentration. Great QPR at $15.


Snooth User: dpdinger
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3.50 5
05/08/2010

I really enjoyed this wine that has full berry falvours and rich mouth feel with a nicely grilled Rib-eye steak, asparagus and corn on the cob.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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4.00 5
05/26/2010

Black fruits, black pepper, thick. Love it


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
4.00 5
05/26/2010

Nose of black cherries and cinnamon. Lean and funky, chocolate and tea. Delicate and complex velvet finish. Just lovely.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.50 5
05/10/2009

An intensely concentrated nose of blueberry and cherry. Very rich and powerful with great intensity. The wine is still well balanced with light drying tannins and a slightly 'forest floor' flavored finish of bramble, mushroom etc.


Snooth User: Wezie
165864227
3.00 5
07/02/2009

Nice deep red color; Fruity, black currant aroma; Medium bodied, smooth finish; Nice.


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley

External Review
11/25/2009

WS: 88 Points


External Review
01/03/2012

One of this wineryrsquo;s better efforts in 2002, it strikes a lovely balance, casting its ripe, beautifully focused cherry, currant and vaguely green, herbal aromas and flavors against a refined structure, finishing with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
01/03/2012

Black as midnight, this winersquo;s ripe plum and chocolate flavors feel blanketed by a soil character, giving it a sense of place. The luscious texture is consistent all the way through, offering a supple grandeur, a cool and sexy feel. This is an astonishing value from Washington.


External Review
10/06/2009

87WS see above next screen for discounted case price


External Review
01/03/2012

Supple and appealing for its graceful style and cedar- and spice-scented berry and black cherry flavors. Finishes on the light side, but itrsquo;s persistent. Drink now through 2002.


External Review
01/03/2012

If you plan on a gathering but need the perfect wine, look no further! This crowd pleasing Columbia Valley Merlot not only compliments meals with ease, but is equally exceptional to enjoy over conversation. Its medium body is lush with dark chocolate covered cherry essence and finishes with an oak granted, cassis zest. Smooth, velvety and rich, the winersquo;s bright raspberry notes give it an almost pulpy luxuriance. 96% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon allow this Washington state red to meld well with beef, lamb or hearty pastas decorated by basil and oregano. Enjoy!


External Review
10/06/2009

This Merlot is to be on the approachable side with a core of red cherries and ripe fruit Soft and satisfying.


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Tasting NotesThe Indian Wells Merlot displays ripe black fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a full bodied, fruity style of warm climate Merlot with a round, soft finish. Wahluke Slope Syrah was added to the blend to enhance the mouthfeel and jammy fruit character. Enjoy it with a hearty pasta this wine will warm your soul and make any food taste better! -Bob Bertheau, WinemakerVintageThe 2005 harvest tested our winemakers patience, but ultimately delivered excellent quality fruit.The growing season started cool, followed by 90+ degree days in July and August.September brought cool and constant weather, which extended the season, allowing grapes extra time to ripen on the vine and enhance flavor development.VineyardsThis Merlot is sourced predominately from vineyards throughout the Wahluke Slope in Washington state, 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.Indian Wells vineyard is a very warm site with a long growing season.The sites loamy, sandy, well-draining soils allow vine growth to be meticulously controlled through drip irrigation and canopy management.The region is a consistent producer of high quality, ripe fruit, yielding wine with intense color and flavor.WinemakingRipe grapes were destemmed, crushed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity.Gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. The pumpovers can vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment is tasted daily to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques and find the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins.Aged in American and French oak for 16 months.Frequent aerative racking took place during barrel aging to soften tannins and enhance mouthfeel.Technical DataAlcohol....14.4% pH.... 3.65Total Acidity.... 0.56g/100mlBlend.... 87% Merlot, 13% Syrah

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