2018 Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot
2018 Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot This 2018 wine offers aromas of black cherry, leather, and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit flavors and a long, smooth, sweet finish. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit flavor to this delicious wine produced by Chateau Ste. Michelle.
Chateau Ste. Michelle
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 winemaking 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.
This dedicated approach to winemaking allows the winemaking team led by Katie Nelson to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. “After nearly 30 years of experience, I’m inspired to be bold and take chances. I have leaned into my knowledge and enjoy challenging convention. I want to create exciting wines for people to enjoy.” says Katie about her winemaking philosophy.
While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s award-winning white wines are made in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle, WA. The winery’s expansive, picturesque 105-acre estate hosts more than 300,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.
Merlot is a red wine grape variety with strong historic ties to Bordeaux and the southwest of France. Currently the the most searched-for wine on our database that is made from the grape is Petrus, from Pomerol.
It is the predominant variety in most wines from Saint-Émilion and Pomerol, the area in which the variety originated. Merlot is now widely planted in wine regions across the world and, in terms of the volumes of wine produced internationally, it is rivaled only by its Bordeaux companion, Cabernet Sauvignon. Its characteristically reliable ripening is a main factor behind its increased presence over recent decades in the Médoc and Entre-Deux-Mers (where it has mostly replaced white varieties) areas of Bordeaux.