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Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley 2015 750ML

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Retail: $21.99
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    Points to Purchase:360
    Points Earned:17
    Bonus Points Earned:0

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    Tasting 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! - Bob Bertheau, Winemaker

    Vintage:
    The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington state.
    Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest.
    Overall, 2015 saw optimal ripening across varieties and yielded outstanding wines throughout the region.

    Vineyards:
    This Merlot is sourced predominately from vineyards throughout the Wahluke Slope in Eastern Washington, including our Indian Wells Vineyard.
    Our most northern growing area, the Wahluke Slope is bordered on both the west and the south by the Columbia River.
    The region is a consistent producer of high quality, ripe fruit, yielding wine with intense color and flavor.

    Winemaking:
    Grapes were destemmed and sorted using cutting edge technology to gently handle fruit and remove any green material, allowing for more pure, concentrated fruit expression.
    Gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins.
    Aged in 51% new American and French oak barrels.

    Blend:
    83% Merlot
    17% Syrah

    Alcohol: 14.5%
    TA: 0.52 g/100ml
    pH: 3.95