Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 1995

Columbia Valley

Winemaker's Notes

This wine has lavish aromas of ripe red fruit, complemented by vanilla spice and a hint of mocha. Soft yet full-bodied on the palate, it has a plushness defined by sweet blackberry framed in toasty oak, and a lengthy, elegant finish.

About the Region

This large viticultural area, covering about 11 million acres with some 17,000 acres of vines, extends over a large part of central and southern Washington (and over the border slightly into Oregon). It lies at the same latitude as Bordeaux and Burgundy, with numerous soil types and microclimates, and grows all the usual suspects, with cabernet sauvignon and other Bordeaux grapes and, more surprisingly, the red Rhône varieties, doing particularly well.

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