Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley 2006
Château Ste. Michelle is Washington state’s Founding Winery, with some of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in the Columbia Valley. Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition, when the Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company were formed. The winery combines Old World winemaking tradition with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This lovely Syrah is full of white pepper spice aromas which lead to rich black cherry and blackcurrant jam flavours on the palate. This is a soft, lush style of Syrah with a lingering coffee/brambly finish.
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Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley
A bit chocolately on the nose with a light meaty undertone and some herbal spice and juniper tones framing plummy fruit. This opens with good precision on the palate, fine acids supporting clear, mineral tinged plum fruit with soft tannins barely peaking through. The mid-palate sees a more pronounced oak impact with some gentle spice tones that lead a minty, fresh, clean finish. This is a bit tight right now but well focused with pure fruit and gentle oak influences that add complexity without obscuring the fruit. 90pts
Bright sweet juicy nose with a strong bacon note. Huge spiced full-bodied black cherry explosion in the mouth that starts with eucalyptus and slowly fades into a complex leathery peppery finish. Lots going on in this wine, and it's all good.
Nice thick nose of plums and cherry. A very dense wine with some light leather and cedar flavors. White pepper on the mid palate before moving to an even spicier finish. Very nice.
Really rich blackberry, cherry, chocolate nose with whisky notes and vanilla. Something like caramel or toffee drizzled on top, but it doesn't taste like a dessert, with its strong tannins and long body. Very relaxing to drink.
This is a very dense wine, lots of cherries and plums on the nose. The finish is rich, with hints of caramel, leather and pepper. Nice rich lingering flavor.
Aromas of black fruit; notes of leather and earthiness present. The taste was smooth, full-bodied, with blackberry, coffee, and black pepper. The finish was elegant and not very tannic.
Beautiful dark purple color. Nose is a little tight but has some blackcurrant, black fruit, earth, and oak. Blackberry on the attack. Spicy coffee on the midpalate. Medium length finish that has the oak that came through on the nose. This wine's a little oaky for me. Not super complex. Maybe a little flabby. It has some good things going on though. At $6 I don't regret buying it. I do wish it were a little more tannic.
TA S T I N G N O T E S “Juicy blackberry fruit, boysenberry pie and roasted espresso grace this soft Syrah. Plush on the palate, this wine is fleshy, viscous and mouth-filling. A tribute to the Wahluke Slope style of fruit – forward and jammy.” FOOD PAIRINGS Foods beef, grilled salmon, strongly flavored cheeses Herbs basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2013
Food Pairings for Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley
Aged 18 months in American Oak.
Notes: 18 months in American and French Oak
|Alcohol: 13.5%||pH: 3.79|
|Total Acidity: 0.57 grams per liter|
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