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2009 Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot "Indian Wells"

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Indian Wells Merlot

Winery: Chateau Ste Michelle

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Indian Wells"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 80% Merlot, 16% Syrah, 2% Malbec, & 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Columbia Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $18

Cases produced: 65,000

KWG Score: 88.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: November 5, 2011

Wine Review: This opaque and almost black colored Merlot from Washington State opens with a mild blackberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, soft, and easy going. The flavor profile is a mild black currant with hints for gentle boysenberry. There is a touch of integrated oak and mild mineral notes that show towards the end. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins linger slightly. This wine would be perfect with a big and juicy Angus bacon cheeseburger. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a full bodied style of warm climate Merlot with a round, supple finish. We added Wahluke Slope Syrah to enhance the mouthfeel and rich fruit character. I call this my pasta wine!

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