2005 Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot "Columbia Valley"
Winery: Chateau Ste Michelle
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Columbia Valley"
Wine Category: Merlot
Grape blend: 83% Merlot, 14% Syrah, & 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Columbia Valley
State or country: WA
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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