Chateau Ste. Michelle

Indian Wells Columbia Valley Merlot

8.8498 ratings
8.713 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
Top Notes For
Meredith Hu

American oak (dill, pickle, spices) and plush black/red fruits.

American oak (dill, pickle, spices) and plush black/red fruits.

Mar 10th, 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
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
"Odedi"

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.

1 person found it helpfulOct 18th, 2018
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
Kyle Lockhart

Very full bodied for a Merlot. At opening had a little too much dark berry/tar/overly oaked flavors. Seems out of balanced with dark fruit notes. Seems more like a Cab. Sauv. than a merlot. Flavors of black currant, black cherry, blueberry/quinine-like dry finish, and a massively viscous body.

Very full bodied for a Merlot. At opening had a little too much dark berry/tar/overly oaked flavors. Seems out of balanced with dark fruit notes. Seems more like a Cab. Sauv. than a merlot. Flavors of black currant, black cherry, blueberry/quinine-like dry finish, and a massively viscous body.

1 person found it helpfulAug 14th, 2015
David Todd

Jam and good just like bachelor in paradise

Jam and good just like bachelor in paradise

1 person found it helpfulAug 11th, 2015
Autumn Thomas

Pretty average, nothing wrong, nothing special. It is a nice Merlot to sip by itself

Pretty average, nothing wrong, nothing special. It is a nice Merlot to sip by itself

1 person found it helpfulAug 9th, 2015