Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot
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. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. Think of this wine as a great “everyday red"".
During winemaking, ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. Gentle pump overs during fermentation were used to extract color and flavor and produce soft, supple tannins. To add complexity, our wine is aged 18 months in French and American oak, 33% new.
- Varietal/Blend: 85% Merlot, 10% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Appellation: Columbia Valley, WA
- Flavor profile: Raspberry, Blueberry, Baking Spices, Black Cherry
- Body: Medium - Full
- Oak impact: Medium
- Food pairing: pizza, pasta with tomato-based sauce, charcuterie, burgers