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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2007

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Winemakers:The 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 fini

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,756
4.50 5
11/08/2010

This offers impressive aromatic depth with a very complex array of aromas ranging from plum to blueberry, oak spice to herbal with vanilla and cinnamon/burnt sugar top notes. Lovely up front with an edge of wood sweetness and spice that surround fresh plum, mocha, and black raspberry fruit. The black raspberry/ black currant fruit becomes more pronounced on the mid-palate with some soft tannins creeping in and gentle earthiness that fills out the palate. The finish is very fresh and clean with a nice interplay between flavors that increasingly lean toward black currant and gently toasty wood spice. The finale shows an herbal flash before leaving with a pop of black currant. Lovely balance to this wine and it might very well improve with a year or two in bottle. 91pts


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Snooth User: CageyT
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3.00 5
02/04/2011

Fruit forward. Mouth filling. Intensely ripe and boldly flavored. Velvety texture and deep red color. Lovely.


Snooth User: kbachtell
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0.00 5
09/13/2010

This is a good wine for the price.


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley

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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

14 Hands Merlot 2007 is disguised as a classic Washington wine and contains the dark aromas of berries and black cherries. The ripe fruit essence is joined by a subtle toast and a slight array of mocha nuances. While soft, delicate and approachable, this wine maintains a well balanced frame of tannins.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

This shows the best aspects of the wonderful Washington andrsquo;07s andmdash; energy, elegant fruit, persistence andmdash; adorned by a little bit of bottle age. It has taken on notes of carob, creosote and cedar, and it is those earthy, savory elements that give the wine tremendous complexity for the price. For a lean cut of meat, like skirt steak.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/12/2012

Smooth, velvety and medium-bodied, this features a savory edge of smoke and pepper around the edges of the currant and cream flavors. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
07/06/2011

W&S 93pts. - We craft this wine to be our complex yet approachable Merlot. The wine offers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit and cola flavors. Think of this inviting wine as a great 'everyday red'. Serve with beef, lamb, grilled salmon, hearty pastas.


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Source: CityWineCellar.com
01/07/2010

Winemakers: The 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!


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Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

Winemakers:The 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 fini


External Review
06/20/2012

The wine offers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit flavors.


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