Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007
Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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.
"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."
Wine & Spirits
Very smooth, great wine for an even better price.
Smooth & Supple
Very nice Merlot. Good nose and drinkable right after uncorking. Lives up to its rating.
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 body
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.
This 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.
Smooth & Supple
Easy drinking Merlot, very enjoyable and a good wine value
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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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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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