2017 Chateau Ste Michelle Red Blend Indian Wells
2017 Chateau Ste Michelle Red Blend Indian Wells; Columbia Valley, Washington
Winemaker Notes; The Indian Wells Red Blend is an easy to enjoy red from warmer climate vineyards. The wine reflects the rich, round powerful style of Washington fruit with jammy boysenberry flavors. It is a true example of the art of blending.This would be a great match with barbecue ribs.Blend: 54% Syrah, 23% Merlot, 11% Malbec, 7% Grenache, 2% Cabernet Franc 1% Mourvedre, 1% Viognier, .5% Zinfandel, .5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.
A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!
Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. Their wine making philosophy is to highlight the style, quality and expression of our Washington state vineyards. We strive to respect the varietal characters and individuality of each location, yet still craft each wine to give you a pleasurable, food friendly experience.