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Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley 2016 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. 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 2016 vintage experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer, but also a cool fall season.

    Cooler temperatures in August and September, slowed down ripening and resulted in longer hang time for the grapes and the longest harvest on record in Washington State (August 15-November 15).

    Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with ripeness and elegance.

    Vineyards:

    This Merlot is sourced from Eastern Washington vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills and the Wahluke Slope, as well as our Cold Creek Vineyard.

    Vineyards were selected for producing 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:
    • 84% Merlot
    • 16% Syrah
    • TA: 0.55 g/100ml
    • pH: 3.76
    • Alcohol: 14.5%