Chateau St. Michelle Merlot

Chateau St. Michelle

Merlot

2009

(Columbia Valley)

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On Bottle:

* Aged 15 months in oak barrels

* Rich aromas & soft flavors

* Black cherry & spice

* http://www.ste-michelle.com

My notes:

Nose: Vanilla and cherry

After 3 hour decant: Fruity

After 6 hour decant: Vanilla and fruit

Taste: Tannins, vanilla, fruit and oak

This merlot had a fabulous mix of vanilla, fruit and oaky notes.  The tannins were prevalent, but soft. I would definitely drink this wine from Washington state again.  It paired well with the chicken parmesan I was eating for dinner.

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