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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2009

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The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a full bodied style of warm climate Merlot with a round, supple finish. We added Wahluke Slope syrah to enhance the mouthfeel and rich fruit character. I call this my pasta wine!

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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

Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley Indian Wells

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Snooth User: jrock1021
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06/25/2011

Unreal Merlot that packs a punch. Chewy dark fruits with a slight earthy undertone & hint of vanilla. Tough to beat for under $20! Go get it!


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley Indian Wells

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Ripe and luscious black cherry and berry aromas are distinguished by an appealing leather, mocha, and tobacco complexity. Very bright, full and sweet ripe fruit flavors are balanced by solid tannins, concluding in a long and full finish.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This simple, wonderfully balanced merlot from vineyards throughout the Wahluke Slope melds oak, soft cherry and tobacco leaf into a seamless aroma. On the palate itrsquo;s lightly spicy, the flavors of plum and black cherry dense, with a savory bottom note of cedar and gold leaf tobacco. A terrific value and plenty of wine to set against a grilled sirloin.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This simple, wonderfully balanced merlot from vineyards throughout the Wahluke Slope melds oak, soft cherry and tobacco leaf into a seamless aroma. On the palate it's lightly spicy, the flavors of plum and black cherry dense, with a savory bottom note of cedar and gold leaf tobacco. A terrific value and plenty of wine to set against a grilled sirloin.


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Source: We Speak Wine
01/13/2012

Light and silky, with pretty boysenberry and spice flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now. 65,000 cases made. -HS TASTING NOTES"Aromas of raspberry, bittersweet chocolate, spice and toast lead to flavors of red currant, black raspberry and intriguing notes of pepper and cinnamon. This is a flavorful, yetelegant Merlot." - Ron Bunnell, WinemakerTECHNICAL DATAAlcohol: 13.9%Total Acidity: 0.55g /100 mlpH: 3.68Blend: 97% Merlot, 3% Cabernet SauvignonCase Production: 36,500


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


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Tasting Notes:

The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromasand jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This isa full bodied style of warm climate Merlot with a round,supple finish. We added Wahluke Slope syrah to enhance themouthfeel and rich fruit character. I call this my pasta wine!

The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a full bodied style of warm climate Merlot with a round, supple finish. We added Wahluke Slope syrah to enhance the mouthfeel and rich fruit character. I call this my pasta wine!

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 0.50 grams per liter

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