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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2006

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Wine Tasting Notes A real mouthful of bold, rich and concentrated flavors of blackberry, black currant, vanilla and chocolate. Smooth and polished, the tannins are supple and well integrated with bright fruit acidity, and the flavors extend into a long, complex finish.

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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: Philip James
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4.00 5
05/10/2009

Coffee aromas and some of the syrah comes through on the nose, leading to a thick, viscous mouthfeel. Deep plummy fruits, this is a highly fruit forward wine. The finish is of cola, cocoa and cedar, with a lingering taste of chocolate.


Snooth User: Echelar
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3.00 5
07/28/2009

Very powerful and thick feel. A little earthy/dry taste, which I felt held it back a bit. However, the strong and complex finish saves it.


Snooth User: kbowser105
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4.50 5
12/31/2010

Great wine...


Snooth User: jhaakri
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4.00 5
02/10/2010

I was very pleased and surprised by the smoothness and flavor of the wine. Very drinkable with or without food. Excellent buy at $18.


Snooth User: Roncgs
67468759
3.00 5
01/10/2011

The wine has aromas of black cherry and spice with dark red fruit flavors. I enjopyed this red wine although not as much as the Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Merlot


Snooth User: pglyman
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3.50 5
12/20/2010

Had with a roast. Very tasty


Snooth User: phunkeyrobot
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4.00 5
10/24/2010

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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley

11/12/2010

Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Muted in ripe-ness and milder in manner, this small, slightly underfilled effort will not offend those who complain about wines of too much richness and body, but it could do with a bit more of everything if only to be middle-sized, and its fruity limits leave it a little dry and austere.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Muted in ripe-ness and milder in manner


External Review
05/18/2011

Dark and plum-colored, the aromas suggest green. herbal fruit. In the mouth it tastes soft, stripped, over filtered; yet finishes with awkward, astringent green tannins and a lingering bit of alcoholic heat.


External Review
05/18/2011

Light and fragrant, centering on currant and floral aromas and flavors, finishing with a smooth texture. Drink now.


External Review
05/18/2011

This is a nicely balanced, tightly constructed effort, a Merlot that will surprise anyone who has not tasted Washington Merlot in this price range. It is miles apart from the herbal, stemmy Merlots of other New World regions, or the vapid, watery $15 junk that comes from our neighbor to the south. This is ripe, full, meaty, structured, laden with plum and cherry, spice and just a hint of herb.


External Review
05/18/2011

The secret ingredient in this interesting Merlot is the addition of 16% Syrah. That, plus a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon, give it streaks of flavors far more interesting than most of the California Merlots in this price range. Black cherry, plum and pepper are there, along with hints of leather, olive and herb. It smoothes out nicely across the palate, finishing with well-modulated tannins.


External Review
05/18/2011

Luscious ripe raspberry fruit with hints of sweet dark chocolate introduce this wine. It offers up aromas and flavors of brown sugar, nutmeg and vanilla all blended with a warm toastiness. Wonderfully mellow tannins give it a soft, silky mouthfeel with a supple finish.


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Tasting Notes:

“The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe black fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a full bodied style of warm climate Merlot with a round, soft finish. We added Wahluke Slope Syrah to enhance the mouthfeel and jammy fruit character.”

Wine Tasting Notes A real mouthful of bold, rich and concentrated flavors of blackberry, black currant, vanilla and chocolate. Smooth and polished, the tannins are supple and well integrated with bright fruit acidity, and the flavors extend into a long, complex finish.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 5.5 grams per liter

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