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2009 Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot "Columbia Valley"

Chateau Ste Michelle 2009 Columbia Valley Merlot

Winery: Chateau Ste Michelle

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Columbia Valley"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 91% Merlot, 4% Syrah, & 5% Malbec, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut, & Grenache

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Columbia Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $16

Cases produced: 104,000

KWG Score: 88.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: November 5, 2012

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Merlot opens with a toasty oak influenced black raspberry bouquet with hints of leather and chocolate. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, silky and very easy to drink. The flavor profile is a tasty black cherry with nicely integrated old vanilla oak with a hint of blueberry. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are friendly. This Very Good Merlot would pair this very good everyday wine with beef bourguignon or linguini alla puttanesca. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: We craft this wine to be our complex yet approachable Merlot. Th e wine off ers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit flavors and a long, smooth, sweetfi nish. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. I think of this wine as a great "everyday red." - Bob

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