Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2009
Four and a half glasses
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Smooth, vibrant and appealing for its pure cherry and herb flavors, hinting at tobacco and black olive as the finish rolls on seamlessly. Drink now through 2011.
This is a gem - smoky, substantial, packed with sweet, ripe berries and cherries. It opens broad and flavorful, but there's much more, a density and a steely spine that carries the wine deeper and pushes it into a finish that adds spice, chocolate, mocha and toast. A very fine value.
The red wines begin with the 2005 Merlot Indian Wells which has 13% Syrah in the blend. Purple-colored, the aromas contain notes of cedar, pencil lead, spice box, blueberry, and black currants. The wine is slightly tannic upon entry with jammy fruit flavors but ultimately comes off as a bit superficial, in need of more mid-palate depth.
A refined example of the elegant Merlot grape. The nose is full of oak and spicy notes, and the color is deep red with hints of purple. As the flavors open up, ripe cherry dominates the earlier spice and finishes smoothly with heavy tannins. At this price, the quality of this wine outshines many of its peers. The additional age contributes to a sophisticated stylishness.
Supple, generous and welcoming, offering ripe cherry, currant and herb flavors that mingle effectively through the round finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2009.
A deeper take on Merlot from this Columbia Valley producer, a basket of berries can be found in this bottle, from blackberry to blueberry with hints of black cherry and anise. Great depth of fruit and perfectly integrated spice gives California Merlot a run for the money. The lengthy, rich finish will be sure to bring you back for more.
Smooth and generous, focusing its currant and mocha flavors through a lively finish against supple tannins. Drink now through 2014.
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We craft this wine to be our complex yet approachable Merlot. h e wine oﬀ ers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit ﬂ avors and a long, smooth, sweet ﬁ nish. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. I think of this wine as a great “everyday red.
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