Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2008

Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington

Price: $55.00 $28.97
Save $26.03 (47%)
Item No. 121499
  • RP90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1995
  • WS91
  • 1994
  • WS91
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Winemaker's Notes

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Artist Series is the ultimate sculpted wine created by blending amazing Washington fruit. For the first time, the Artist Series blend includes all five Bordeaux grape varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon (5i%) Merlot (36%), Cabernet Franc (6%), Malbec (6%), and Petit Verdot (i%). The result is a multi-layered, complex and harmonious wine. Nearly all of the fruit came from the estate vineyards. Canoe Ridge Estate fruit contributes elegance, structure and fine-grained tannins while Cold Creek vineyard lends concentrated, old vine intensity. Hints of cocoa, black cherry and spicy herbal notes highlight our juxtaposition of Canoe Ridge Estate and Cold Creek fruit in the blend. The finish is clean and complex all at the same time.

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Critical Acclaim

"The 2008 Meritage Artist Series is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. The wine was aged for 20 months in 85% new French oak. Notes of Asian spices, cedar, leather, earthy minerals, violets, and assorted black fruits inform the nose of an elegant, relatively forward, incipiently complex, nicely proportioned wine that offers a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2023. "
90 Points

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