52% Syrah, 29% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 5% Grenache, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Mourvedre and 2% Petit Verdot from the Indian Wells, Canoe Ridge and Cold Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Washington. One third of the fruit came from the Wahluke Slope. The wine was aged for 16 months in 46% new French and American oak barrels.
From the bottle:
The signature mouth-filling, fruit forward Indian Wells style is apparent in this artisanal blend. Layers of rich, jammy strawberry notes give way to a soft, velvety mid-palate and a graceful finish.
The 2013 Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend begins with a wonderful thick aroma full of ripe, jammy blackberry, spice and a little vanilla and coffee. Tasting the lush wine reveals lots of dusty blackberry fruit, mocha and spice. Oaky notes start to take over mid-palate but the rich, dark fruit never lets up and it gets even better as it has some time to breathe. The dry, long finish features more dark fruit and spice, a little vanilla and lots of lingering mocha and coffee notes. This is a style of wine that I enjoy quite a bit (thus the Bulk Buy rating) but you might not find it as much to your liking if you don’t like oaky and somewhat tannic wines.
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