Very nice Merlot, especially considering that it's from the grocery store. You never know how long it sat on the shelf, under the florescent lights, before you bring it home, but Chateau Ste. Michelle is a well known brand, and moves pretty quick. Solid berry notes, and surprisingly little heat considering its relative youth. I'll buy more of it.
Thick, dense and creamy Merlot with flavors of red cherries, raspberries, currant, tobacco, dark chocolate. Very delicious and approachable to the palate. Consistent with past vintages. Great value for an everyday wine.
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(Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills) A moderately aromatic wine with jammy raspberry and cherry aromas along with vanilla and spice. The palate is fruit-filled, rich yet supple with more structured tannins than usually found on wines at this price. 79% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Syrah, and 4% Malbec. Aged 18 months in French (57% new) and American (11% new) oak. 14.5% alcohol. 6,900 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
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