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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2009

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• Ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. • Gentle pumpovers during fermentation were used to extract color and fl avor and produce soft, supple tannins. • Aged 15 months in French and American oak, 31% new.

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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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02/27/2012

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/28/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/28/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/28/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/28/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/28/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/28/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/28/2011

Smooth and generous, focusing its currant and mocha flavors through a lively finish against supple tannins. Drink now through 2014.


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Tasting Notes:

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.

• Ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. • Gentle pumpovers during fermentation were used to extract color and fl avor and produce soft, supple tannins. • Aged 15 months in French and American oak, 31% new.

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