Chateau Ste Michelle 2011 Indian Wells Merlot, Columbia Valley, $14

By on November 11, 2013

chateau-ste-michelle-indian-wells-merlotBest Buy! Head winemaker Bob Bertheau refers to this as his “pasta wine,” and the reasons  go beyond the everyday price for this release that’s primarily from the eponymous vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Blueberry, macerated cherries, bittersweet chocolate and campfire smoke fill the nose, and the flavors follow with Montmorency cherry, boysenberry and rhubarb pie. Its structure features moderate tannins with shiny acidity and a finish of smoky blackberry, a sign of the Syrah (15%) that helps flesh out the palate. Another suggested dish to pair this with is Arroz con Pollo.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 56,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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