Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2006
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.
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.
I was very pleased and surprised by the smoothness and flavor of the wine. Very drinkable with or without food. Excellent buy at $18.
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
Had with a roast. Very tasty
External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley
"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
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.
One of this winery'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.
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.
Light and fragrant, centering on currant and floral aromas and flavors, finishing with a smooth texture. Drink now.
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.
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.
Food Pairings for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley
“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.”