Chateau Ste. Michelle

Indian Wells Columbia Valley Merlot

8.758 ratings
8.73 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
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It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a nicely priced one from Washington State.

Dark ruby in color with a cloudy reddish /brick rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, cooked plums, raisins, dried fruits, oak, spices, vanilla, peppercorn, light vegetables, pencil lead, light alcohol, chocolates, herbs and light earth.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium length on the finish with fine tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice Merlot from Washington State. Big and fruit forward with nice complexity, now. A good sipping wine and good for parties.

Showing a tangy finish with nice spices.

Needed an hour in a decanter to open up properly, so take your time.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$14.

It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a nicely priced one from Washington State.

Dark ruby in color with a cloudy reddish /brick rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, cooked plums, raisins, dried fruits, oak, spices, vanilla, peppercorn, light vegetables, pencil lead, light alcohol, chocolates, herbs and light earth.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium length on the finish with fine tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice Merlot from Washington State. Big and fruit forward with nice complexity, now. A good sipping wine and good for parties.

Showing a tangy finish with nice spices.

Needed an hour in a decanter to open up properly, so take your time.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$14.

Jan 2nd, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. Had this and their Cabernet at a tasting recently, both nice values. Deep red with ripe berry fruit aromas and spice. On the palate jammy fruit of cherry and blueberry with a touch of sweet cacao. Simple not overly complex. Fine tannins on medium finish ending with spicy notes. Tasting Sample.

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. Had this and their Cabernet at a tasting recently, both nice values. Deep red with ripe berry fruit aromas and spice. On the palate jammy fruit of cherry and blueberry with a touch of sweet cacao. Simple not overly complex. Fine tannins on medium finish ending with spicy notes. Tasting Sample.

Mar 17th, 2018
Joe Christenson

Big blackberry jam and ripe plum, with plenty of vanilla. Soft tannins, a bit unstructured (the acid appears unevenly in different sips). Overall nice example of the varietal and region, but no need to revisit.

Big blackberry jam and ripe plum, with plenty of vanilla. Soft tannins, a bit unstructured (the acid appears unevenly in different sips). Overall nice example of the varietal and region, but no need to revisit.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 3rd, 2019
Karm

Love it.

Love it.

Aug 31st, 2019
Neal Ferry

Outstanding, earthy, round.... just good, a value every time we buy it

Outstanding, earthy, round.... just good, a value every time we buy it

May 10th, 2019
Taylor Bew

Personally not my favorite, but definitely will suit someone who like more American type wines and drier wines. It is sweet but not overwhelming. Definitely a dry bold wine but not like a Cab.

Personally not my favorite, but definitely will suit someone who like more American type wines and drier wines. It is sweet but not overwhelming. Definitely a dry bold wine but not like a Cab.

Apr 23rd, 2019
Shannon

Tastes sweet with a slight cigar taste. Delish!

Tastes sweet with a slight cigar taste. Delish!

Apr 19th, 2019
Henry Fuseler

3/19. Always good.

3/19. Always good.

Apr 4th, 2019
Henry Fuseler

Always good for me. Flavor and finish

Always good for me. Flavor and finish

Mar 24th, 2019
C. Daniella

It is a great surprise... not disappointed at all, I am not really a wine pro, but this is a good merlot for the price .

It is a great surprise... not disappointed at all, I am not really a wine pro, but this is a good merlot for the price .

Feb 17th, 2019