(From 2013 Vintage) Grapes were sorted with a cutting edge grape receiving and separation system that gently removes stems and leaves, allowing for more pure concentrated fruit expression. Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. Every ferment is tasted daily to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques and find the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins. Aged for 16 months in 37% new American oak, 17% new French oak and 46% neutral oak barrels. Frequent aerative racking took place during barrel aging to soften tannins and enhance mouthfeel.
Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington state’s Founding Winery, with some of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in the Columbia Valley. Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition, when the Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company were formed. The winery combines Old World winemaking tradition with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a serious yet approachable Merlot, showing complex aromas of read more...black cherries, red liquorice and a touch of cedar. Sweet fruit on the mid-palate, with a lingering cherry finish. (hide)