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2005 Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot "Columbia Valley"

Winery: Chateau Ste Michelle

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Columbia Valley"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 83% Merlot, 14% Syrah, & 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Columbia Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $16

Cases produced: 160,000

KWG Score: 89.0 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (87.3)

Review date: September 14, 2009

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Merlot opens with a fragrant cherry vanilla bouquet with a touch of smoke and heat. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a mild cherry with notes of spice and beet. The finish is dry and its building tannins are noticeable and linger. The panel would pair this nice everyday Merlot with meatloaf and barbecue steak tips. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: "This complex yet approachable Merlot offers aromas and flavors of black cherry, cola, leather and spice. It’s soft and accessible with layers of complexity. I think of it as a great everyday red with Washington style." - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker

Organic status: not organic

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