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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2000
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2000
(search item no. 54639)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

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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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.