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Date Printed: 7/26/2014
Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Merlot 1999
Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Merlot 1999
(search item no. 52148)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

1999 saw cool early summer temperatures which led to our thinning the crop to ensure ripening. However September and October saw moderately warm temperatures allowing extra hang time creating a well-balanced crop. This, combined with the vintage's small berry size, resulted in grapes brimming with intense flavor and complexity. Inviting chocolate aromas blend with spiced cherry notes. This wine is rich and full with mouth-filling flavors of clove, vanilla and allspice and has a structure with substantial backbone for aging. Serve with beef, grilled salmon, lamb and strongly flavored cheeses.
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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.