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Professional Ratings: 88 The Wine Advocate
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 111313
We craft this wine to be our complex yet approachable Merlot. The wine offers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit and cola flavors. I think of this inviting wine as a great "everyday red."
This wine pairs nicely with beef, lamb, grilled salmon and hearty pastas.
For thoughts on Chateau Ste Michelle's uniqueness and recent evolution, consult my extensive April, 2013 text designed to introduce recent tasting notes. Incorporating tiny amounts of the other major Bordeaux varieties as well as 4% Syrah, the Ste Michelle's basic 2009 Merlot delivers a positive, deep combination of dark cherry, humus-like earthiness tinged with cinnamon and saliva-inducing salinity. As it opens to the air, a greenhouse-like amalgam of flowering and leafing things adds cepage-typical allure, and the polish of tannins and degree of persistence here are admirable for a wine of its price and 100,000-case volume.