Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley Ethos Reserve 2008
■ Ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. ■Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal ﬂ avor and color and minimize harsh tannins. The pumpovers can vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment is tasted every day to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques and ﬁ nd the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins. ■ Aged for 18 months in French (56%) and American (7%) oak, 63% new.
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Tight nose, still young. Big acid and tannin on the palate. Good fruit, but needs more time to come together. 88 pts. 8/12/11 at Winery
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Cold Creek’s 35-year-old vines deliver a big, bold, brooding Merlot. This Merlot is loaded with plum, boysenberry and dark fruit ﬂ avors and hints of dark chocolate and coffee. This our most intense and concentrated Merlot with great ageability.
1,200 cases produced.
|Total Acidity: 0.53 grams per liter|
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