Chateau Ste. Michelle

Indian Wells Columbia Valley Merlot

8.8566 ratings
8.712 pro ratings
Columbia Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
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It's time for #MerlotThursday. Here's a great one from Columbia Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, cherries, cooked plums, wood, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, dark coffee, mocha, earth, leather, coke and black pepper. What a great nose.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, spices, espresso, chocolates, peppercorn, earth sweet vinaigrette, dark coffee and light mocha.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This 4 year old Merlot from Washington State surprised me.
Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

Soft, spicy and smooth. Peaking now, and better now than a year or two ago.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (1 hour).

I paired it with a filet mignon and grilled asparagus.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$20.

It's time for #MerlotThursday. Here's a great one from Columbia Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, cherries, cooked plums, wood, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, dark coffee, mocha, earth, leather, coke and black pepper. What a great nose.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, spices, espresso, chocolates, peppercorn, earth sweet vinaigrette, dark coffee and light mocha.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This 4 year old Merlot from Washington State surprised me.
Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

Soft, spicy and smooth. Peaking now, and better now than a year or two ago.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (1 hour).

I paired it with a filet mignon and grilled asparagus.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$20.

Oct 18th, 2018
John Saint John

I like dryer wines so this is wonderful for me it has a boldness to it that I enjoy.

I like dryer wines so this is wonderful for me it has a boldness to it that I enjoy.

4 people found it helpfulApr 15th, 2015
Jonathan Steeves

The 2008 vintage Indian Wells 100% Merlot Yielding from Washington State's Famous Columbia Valley. This wine is Inky deep ruby red with thick slow moving legs, and a thin ruby rim. Aromatics of ripe blackberry, plum, dark cherry, ripe raspberry, vanilla, allspice in the nose and palate. Velvet smooth, tart and rich, this wine leaves a tart cherry and blackberry persistence with a long finish. Medium plus acidity, medium plus tannins, medium plus fruits and high alcohol , this wine offers ageability and a drinking window from 2015-2025. Pairs well with Montreal smoked meat, BBQ chicken skewers or for the pescetarian, a wasabi tuna tartare.

The 2008 vintage Indian Wells 100% Merlot Yielding from Washington State's Famous Columbia Valley. This wine is Inky deep ruby red with thick slow moving legs, and a thin ruby rim. Aromatics of ripe blackberry, plum, dark cherry, ripe raspberry, vanilla, allspice in the nose and palate. Velvet smooth, tart and rich, this wine leaves a tart cherry and blackberry persistence with a long finish. Medium plus acidity, medium plus tannins, medium plus fruits and high alcohol , this wine offers ageability and a drinking window from 2015-2025. Pairs well with Montreal smoked meat, BBQ chicken skewers or for the pescetarian, a wasabi tuna tartare.

3 people found it helpfulNov 19th, 2015
Kellie Dolan

Dark sour cherry and berry notes and whips of vanilla. The finish is moderate with bite of tannins and acid that mellows nicely with food.

Dark sour cherry and berry notes and whips of vanilla. The finish is moderate with bite of tannins and acid that mellows nicely with food.

2 people found it helpfulOct 24th, 2015
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.6

Color: purple red
Nose: not much on the nose
Palate: medium tannins, medium to long finish
Opinion: overall not to bad, very enjoyable and drinkable

Color: purple red
Nose: not much on the nose
Palate: medium tannins, medium to long finish
Opinion: overall not to bad, very enjoyable and drinkable

2 people found it helpfulSep 25th, 2015
Frank Ken

Good red table wine.

Good red table wine.

1 person found it helpfulNov 18th, 2015
Randy Kelly

Drinkable. Can taste a vanilla aftertaste.

Drinkable. Can taste a vanilla aftertaste.

1 person found it helpfulNov 15th, 2015
Mark Seeber

Tasting at Chateau Ste Michelle

Tasting at Chateau Ste Michelle

1 person found it helpfulSep 27th, 2015
Melissa Minor

Maybe it needs to breathe....or something. Eesh.

Maybe it needs to breathe....or something. Eesh.

1 person found it helpfulSep 4th, 2015
John Adams

Will drink again. Very smooth. Gradual, pleasant flavor. Release of fruity flavor just right.

Will drink again. Very smooth. Gradual, pleasant flavor. Release of fruity flavor just right.

1 person found it helpfulAug 27th, 2015