Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review: *** $$ Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2010

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By way of background, opening thoughts: I gave a big four stars recently to Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon and I was interested to try their similarly-value-priced red blend.  Today we will!

Original tasting and review : This is Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2010, finished at 14.5% alcohol.  It is a blend heavily weighted toward merlot and syrah, with sprinklings of cabernet sauvignon, grenache, malbec, cinsault and mourvedre.

In the glass: Deep ruddy red, fully opaque throughout most of the glass.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows similarly ruddy deep fruit, inky and bold.  From the aroma, seems like this will be soft, grainy and full of bold fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full with deep red fruit, seemingly well-aged already (although the wine is only three years from vintage date).  Grains and clean tannins accompany the ripe fruit into a moderate length finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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