Saturday, July 6, 2013

Review: ***+ $$ Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2010 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: The Indian Wells label of Chateau Ste Michelle has generated a few nice values in our past reviews.  Today we are sampling the Indian Wells Merlot for the first time.

Original tasting and review : This is Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2010, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep red magenta, almost opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, bold, well-oaked fruit, loads of richness and depth.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fun, layered and rich.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as suggested by the nose - bold and aromatic fruit with strong, structured backbone of alcohol, lifting cedar and oak to the nose.  Good, solid acids hold everything together.  Big, but not long finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for friendly potency.  Good value.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Indian Wells Merlot.

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