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Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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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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

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 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: rckr1951
1275033,691
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 05/25/2017

Well and drinking above price point - again. Rich dark berry fruit, medium chewy tannins and well balanced acidity lead to medium long finish. 89 points - drink now - Paul


Snooth User: rckr1951
1275033,691
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 06/05/2016

Always delivers - always a good value also. Dark berry fruits, pepper spice, chocolate, a note of oak ride a medium bodied, smooth drinking fun bottle of wine. Great for grilling beef and a bonfire. Drink now - Paul 88 points


Snooth User: weisserh
38480812
0.00 5
Vintage: 2012 01/03/2015

Okay


Snooth User: loveandprozac
1042585146
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 02/27/2012

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
7729671,946
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/11/2012

Raspberry flavors, better after it sits for a bit.


Snooth User: Wolle
2034221,410
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 10/08/2011

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


Snooth User: TZA
76398572
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 03/27/2011

Three glasses


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/10/2017

TASTING NOTES: 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 and a long, smooth, sweet finish. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. I think of this wine as a great “everyday red. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker VINTAGE • The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington state. • Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest. • Overall, 2015 saw optimal ripening across varieties and yielded outstanding wines throughout the region. WINEMAKING • Ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. • Gentle pumpovers during fermentation were used to extract color and flavor and produce soft, supple tannins. • Aged 14 months in French and American oak, 33% new. Blend: 92% Merlot 4% Syrah 3% Cabernet 1% Petit Verdot pH: 3.85 TA: 0.52 g/100 ml Alcohol: 13.5%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 03/25/2017

Tasting Notes: 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 and a long, smooth, sweet finish. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. I think of this wine as a great “everyday red.” - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker Blend: 90% Merlot 2% Syrah, 8% blending varieties (Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon,Cabernet Franc) TA: 0.51 g/100 ml pH: 3.74 Alcohol: 13.5%


External Review
Vintage: 2013 05/25/2017

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Vintage: 2013 06/05/2016

Four and a half glasses


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 12/16/2014

Tasting Notes: 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 and a long, smooth, sweet finish. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. I think of this wine as a great “everyday red.” - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker Blend: 92% Merlot 3% Syrah 5% blenders (Malbec, Grenache, Mourvedre and Petit Verdot) FOOD PAIRING: Foods - beef, lamb, grilled salmon, hearty pastas Herbs - basil, oregano Spice - Allspice, nutmeg, star anise


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 08/06/2013

Smooth and amiable, with a cooked edge to the sassafras-accented cherry flavors, hinting at chocolate as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2015. 105,000 cases made. -HS 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 and a long, smooth, sweet finish. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. I think of this wine as a great 'any day red.' - Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerBlend:91% Merlot4% Syrah5% Blender varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache)Total Acidity: 0.51g/100mlpH: 3.79Alcohol: 13.5%


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2010 11/16/2010

One of this winery's better efforts , 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.


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