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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

"Red Wine Merlot by Ch. Ste. Michelle from Columbia Valley, Washington. The Cold Creek Merlot showcases inviting aromas of pomegranate, raspberry and Rainier cherry fruit notes with a slight hint of caraway. Flavors of black cherry and plum with lively, substantial tannins make this a big palate-pleasing wine. "

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Chateau Ste. Michelle:
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle ... Read more
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle Vintners,” under the direction of Andre Tchelistcheff, which is where Ste. Michelle really took off. Their first vines were planted at the now-legendary Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington in 1972. When a French style chateau was built in Woodinville by Ste. Michelle Vintners in 1976, the winery finally became known as Chateau Ste. Michelle. The terroir is very important for Chateau Ste. Michelle. Columbia Valley isn’t just important because they have over 3,500 acres under vine there - they love the land, and they even helped to make it recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA). Columbia Valley produces more Riesling than any other American region, and Chateau Ste. Michelle leads that charge as the leading North American Riesling producer. Chateau Ste. Michelle is known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it didn’t become great magically. They actually have two separate wineries, one for making whites, and another for making reds, which allows them to have complete control of the process. In fact, they’re so serious about the difference that they have dedicated winemakers for each color. While Bob Bertheau is their head winemaker who oversees all wine, Joshua Maloney oversees only the red wines, and Wendy Stuckey cares for the white. This allows Chateau Ste. Michelle to consistently create world-class wines that never fail to surprise judges. Read less

Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: lingprof
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4.00 5
04/18/2009

toasty and almost oaky, with a mellow flavor that grew on me. (I wouldn't have called it bright; it's fuller than I expected) very worthwhile at this price.


Snooth User: winolee
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3.00 5
03/27/2008

Faint nose of cherries. Merlot done in more of the 'old world' style. It did not contain the cola/mocha flavors I've seen in Washington merlots I've drank lately. Red fruit, cedar. Normal, run of the mill merlot.


Snooth User: mr nose
4371922
4.00 5
02/17/2008

A nice wine... full body for a Merlot... soft plum taste. Really worth the money.


Snooth User: chessie
3240257
0.00 5
12/11/2009

5. Loved it. More full-bodied and complex than the $10 cab I was just drinking.


Snooth User: JBaldwinRN
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3.00 5
02/05/2008

Three glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesAromas of raspberry, bittersweet chocolate, spice and toast lead to flavors of red currant, black raspberry and intriguing notes of pepper and cinnamon. This is a flavorful, yet elegant Merlot.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThis is the epitome of Merlot for the vintage, incorporating our personal interpretation and the power of Washington fruit. The Ethos blend is an ideal marriage between the styles of Merlot from our Canoe Ridge Estate and Cold Creek


External Review
03/16/2010

Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot 2003 Indian Wells and all other wine from Chateau Ste Michelle are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.



"Red Wine Merlot by Ch. Ste. Michelle from Columbia Valley, Washington. The Cold Creek Merlot showcases inviting aromas of pomegranate, raspberry and Rainier cherry fruit notes with a slight hint of caraway. Flavors of black cherry and plum with lively, substantial tannins make this a big palate-pleasing wine. "

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