Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot 2005, Columbia Valley, WA - $15

This Washington State Merlot is actually a blend of 83% Merlot, 14% Syrah, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is not typically one of my top red wine choices, but this one rated fairly well - Wine Enthusiast gave it 89 points, and Wine Spectator gave it 88 points. This was a gift from JB, who originally opened my eyes and mind to good red wines. Thanks JB!!

Aroma - fruit and spice
Taste - licorice, soft tannins, bitter end

This wine can be found online at a cost of $13 to $17.

Update - same night, 8:42pm
As this wine opened up, I could taste a bit more minerality. Very interesting!

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