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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage (3 Bottle Pack) 1997
Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage (3 Bottle Pack) 1997
(search item no. 50398)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $153.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tasting Note: Complex black cherry, cassis, cedar and coffee aromas. Elegant cherry, blackberry and spice complemented by soft tannins. A wine of power, elegance and complexity that shows balance and structure.

Blend: 49% cabernet sauvignon, 49% merlot, 2% cabernet franc

Vintage: After a cool spring, the Columbia Valley enjoyed a warm, dry summer. Moderating temperatures in September slowed ripening and gave the grapes extra time on the vine to fully mature so that when it came time to pick in late September, the grapes were rich and flavorful.

Vinification: Just over 100 lots carefully selected in the vineyard, then tended in the cellar for 18 months in new and one-year-old French oak were the chosen for 1997 Artist Series. Though all outstanding wines, only five lots were selected for the final blend to create a perfectly balanced wine with a bold impression.

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

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, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.