Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007
Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
We craft this wine to be our complex yet approachable Merlot. The wine off ers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit and cola flavors. Think of this inviting wine as a great "everyday red".
Serve with beef, lamb, grilled salmon, hearty pastas.
Varietal Blend: 89% Merlot, 8% Syrah, 3% Malbec.
Wine & Spirits - "This shows the best aspects of the wonderful Washington '07s -- energy, elegant fruit, persistence -- adorned by a little bit of bottle age. It has taken on notes of carob, creosote and cedar, and it is those earthy, savory elemtes that give the wine tremendous complexity for the price. For a lean cut of meat, like a skirt steak."
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
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. View all Chateau Ste. Michelle Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
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 helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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27 ratings, 7 with reviews45/9/201245/9/2012Springcreekpete - Honey Brook, PA43/31/2012LMDH85 - Fairfield, CT33/23/2012Kim Lishia - Salisbury, PA43/15/2012cfaust - Bolton, MA43/3/2012Karl Biesemier - Lynchburg, VA42/25/2012Think Snow - Colden, NY52/10/2012Anthony Busquets - Yorktown, VA41/29/2012jquesada - North Miami Beach, FL51/21/201241/14/2012excellent balance41/4/2012
Very nice Merlot. Good nose and drinkable right after uncorking. Lives up to its rating.512/8/2011412/5/2011311/18/2011
- Smooth & Supple
Easy drinking Merlot, very enjoyable and a good wine value411/14/2011
- Smooth & Supple
7 yes medium-strong nose, shows its best the day after (too fruity the first day) when it has a earthier taste with a fruitier medium-long finish, medium bodyPs70 - Brooklyn, NY411/11/2011NYwinelover2011 - New York, NY510/3/2011Very smooth, great wine for an even better price.Vladimir - Wilmington, MA39/24/2011Winemiester - Milford, NH58/26/2011Cornfusion - Poughkeepsie, NY47/28/2011Jim56 - Saint Paul, MN47/9/2011
- Smooth & Supple
The flavor of this Merlot wasn’t very interesting when I first took it out of the fridge and opened it. However, the flavor really improved after 20 minutes and after the temperature increased to about 68 degrees. It paired perfectly with a lamb and feta cheese dish that I made.47/13/2011
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46/20/2011This is a solid Merlot with a strong backbone. If you are a Cab drinker, Washington Merlots are excellent, but this one specifically is a great value when comparing taste with price. I felt, with a bit of air, it was quite smooth.chabelli56 - Bloomfield, NJ35/5/2011
- Light & Fruity
- Light & Fruity
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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.
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