Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2008
Raspberry flavors, better after it sits for a bit.
My Rating : 88 Very Elegant Cabernet with no outstanding characteristics. Nose is restrained. Fine tannins, firm acid. Price to high. I paid 11.99 at Costco
External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley
Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Here is a relaxed, supple, directly fruity Merlot that goes right to the varietal point in its inviting red-cherry fruit and easy drinkability. It is medium-full-bodied and has a bit of tannin for structure but is not in the least tough, and, while it will keep for a couple of years, it is wholly enjoyable now.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.
"Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Here is a relaxed
"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 flavors. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. I think of this wine as a great "everyday red." - Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerTECHNICAL DATA Total acidity: 0.51g/100mlph: 3.88Alcohol: 13.5%Blend: 91% Merlot, 7% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon FOOD PAIRING Foods: beef, lamb, grilled salmon, hearty pastasHerbs: basil, oreganoSpice: Allspice, nutmeg, star anise