Ste. Chapelle Merlot 1997

Merlot from Idaho, Other US

Item No. 38866
  • red wine

Winemaker's Notes

Merlot is a varietal that has seen phenomenal growth in sales in the last five years. The main reason cited for this growing interest in Merlot is its pleasing suppleness and rich fruit aromas. Ste. Chapelles Canyon Merlot is softer in the finish than many full-bodied red wines, making it a good choice to serve with pasta or lighter meat entrees. Our 1997 Canyon Merlot was blended from grapes grown in the Webb Ranch and Arena Valley Vineyards. Combining these two Merlots gave this bottling increased complexity and balanced flavors. After fermentation, we aged a portion of the wine in small oak barrels to add a toasty oak character to the bouquet. This Canyon Merlot has a medium body, soft tannins and a full, round finish. The balance between the fruit and oak flavors makes it an appropriate wine to pair with a wide range of foods, including beef, poultry and pasta dishes.

Learn About Ste. Chapelle

From high atop "Winery Hill", Ste. Chapelle Winery overlooks thousands of acres of fertile orchards and farmland in Southwestern Idaho. Ste. Chapelle was founded in 1976 and named after La Sainte-Chapelle Church in Paris, France. The winery has grown to produce over 120,000 cases and by adhering to a quality focus, their wines have eraned national and international recognition since the beginning.

Learn About Idaho

An inland state, Idaho has some of the highest altitude vineyards in the United States. With wide fluctuation between night and day temperatures, grapes here are harvested with both high acidities and high sugars, making Riesling especially successful. Other cool climate varieities like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay also thrive. Ste Chappelle dominates the state's industry and is the fifth largest in the Pacific Northwest.

Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) 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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