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Review Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot ‘03

I think it should be said “you can never go wrong when you have stroganoff and meat balls”. The wine we paired with our dinner was Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot ’03. The wine comes from the oldest winery in Washington State and the Columbia Valley, not to far from Seattle. The winery was started in 1976 and began harvesting grapes that were planted in the region in1972. This merlot is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah grapes. The wine is aged in half American and half French oak barrels for 15 months.

In 2003 the temperature was excellent for grape ripening conditions. Due to some light rain in August and September the grapes ripening was slowed. This allowed the grapes a longer hang time that allowed the grapes to fully mature. The grapes displayed intense flavors and good sugars.

Here is what we thought; the aroma had spicy hints of cinnamon and cedar. This wine has a very nice dark color with heavy cherry fruit flavors. The taste was light but concentrated; we liked this wine a lot and enjoyed it with our stroganoff (mmmm mmm Good). This wine would also pair well with beef, lamb and salmon. This wine cost around $12.00 and yes we would purchase this wine again and try it with another entree.

We rated this wine (OK)

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