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Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot 2013


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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 flavors and a long, smooth, sweet finish. Washington State's 2013 growing season was warm and consistent throughout for our Columbia Valley vineyards, perfect for fruit ripening. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. This beautifully balanced Merlot is a great "any time" red wine.
Category Red Wine
Country United States
Region Washington
Appellation Columbia Valley
Brand Chateau Ste. Michelle
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
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Wine EnthusiastThere's immediate appeal to this wine's plum and cocoa aromas, with Syrah (11%) adding game and smoke. The flavors are fruit-forward with plenty of plushness that make it hard to resist. It doesn't seem entirely varietally correct but after the second sip all that is forgotten.

Sean Sullivan, November 1, 2015
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Wine SpectatorVelvety in texture, with ripe plum and spice flavors on an open frame, finishing with restraint and hints of orange peel and black tea. Drink now. 140,500 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, November 15, 2015