Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2015  Front Label
Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2015  Front Label

Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2015

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The Artist Series is the first wine blended each vintage from ourbest vineyards as we strive for elegance, complexity with underlyingpower. The very warm 2015 vintage produced incredible ripe,rich concentrated red wines. This 2015 bottling shows the bestof both worlds – the wonderful, ripe vintage, contrasted withsophisticated layers and complexity.
Blend: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec

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JS 94
James Suckling

Powerful Cold Creek Vineyard fruit is the core of this intense and very structured blend. The aromas are squarely in the ripe red and dark-berry zone. There’s a sappy side to the nose, too. The palate has a very assertive, mouthwatering quality that has ample length and depth. 57% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 3% malbec. Drink or hold.


RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Artist Series Red Wine is a success, wafting from the glass with a generous bouquet of ripe cassis, blackberries, loamy soil and subtle, nutty new oak. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, youthfully chewy and open-knit, but its finish is somewhat fleeting. It should gain some depth and dimension with a bit of bottle age, but it lacks a bit of concentration and intensity in comparison with some other recent vintages.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Focused and tightly built, with expressive blackberry, cedar and smoky mocha flavors that build toward big but refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Best from 2021 through 2024.
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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, 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.

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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