Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2001

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

$19.99
Item No. 61601
  • red wine
  • WS89

Winemaker's Notes

An elegant wine with a perfume nose, followed by black cherry, slight sweet herb and hints of vanilla. Ripe and concentrated fruit flavors are accented by mocha, coffee, and slight cedar notes in the background. Vanilla and caramel are picked up in the long finish.

The Columbia Valley has earned a reputation for bright, elegant Merlot that is true to its varietal ideal. Indian Wells Vineyard consistently produces one of the region's finest examples of this popular grape. Small, dark-colored berries typify Indian Wells Merlot, yielding a wine with intense color and flavor. Located at the base of Wahluke Slope, this vineyard is one of the warmest sites in the Columbia Valley. Combined with the area's low annual rainfall, quick draining soils here allow our vineyard manager to selectively regulate water to prevent excessive cane and leaf growth.

"Bright and juicy, bursting with fresh blackberry, currant and a touch of spicy oak, all of it echoing beautifully on the finish. Drink now through 2005."
-Wine Spectator

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Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry,...

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Learn About Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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