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2013 Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot "Indian Wells"

Winery: Chateau Ste Michelle

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Indian Wells"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 85% Merlot & 15% Syrah

Region: Columbia Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $18

Cases produced: 42,060

KWG Score: 90.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: July 2, 2016

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Merlot from Washington State opens with a Samoa cookie bouquet. Think dark chocolate, caramel, and coconut. We also detected hints of strawberry and cranberry as well. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, soft and smooth. The flavor profile is black cherry, chocolate and coconut with a hint of toasted oak. The finish is dry and drifts away nicely. The panel suggested pairing this Merlot with Steve Kerr's garlic shrimp or Thai dishes. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a full bodied style of warm climate Merlot with a round, supple finish. We added Wahluke Slope Syrah to enhance the mouthfeel and rich fruit character. I call this my pasta wine!

Organic status: not organic

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