Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2005
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
This was a great medium body, fruit forward red that had a nice smooth finish!
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.
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.
Black fruits, black pepper, thick. Love it
Nose of black cherries and cinnamon. Lean and funky, chocolate and tea. Delicate and complex velvet finish. Just lovely.
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.
Nice deep red color; Fruity, black currant aroma; Medium bodied, smooth finish; Nice.
External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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