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Chateau Ste. Michelle Red Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley Artist Series Meritage 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Fermented in small lots for maximum flexibility during blending. • Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. • The pumpovers vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment is tasted daily to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques and find the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins. • Aged for 20 months in 45% new French oak, 30% new American oak and 25% neutral oak barrels.

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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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Artist Series is the ultimate sculpted wine created by blending amazing Washington fruit. The 2009 represents a perfect harmony of elegance from our Canoe Ridge Estate vineyard and the power of our Cold Creek vineyard. The blend includes all five Bordeaux grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The result is a multi-layered, complex and harmonious wine. Canoe Ridge Estate fruit contributes elegance, structure and fine-grained tannins while Cold Creek vineyard lends concentrated, old vine intensity.

Fermented in small lots for maximum flexibility during blending. • Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. • The pumpovers vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment is tasted daily to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques and find the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins. • Aged for 20 months in 45% new French oak, 30% new American oak and 25% neutral oak barrels.

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2210 cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.46 grams per liter

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