Chateau St. Michelle Merlot, Columbia Valley ’07 – $15

Rated 93 pts – Wine Spectator

Paired With: Puttanesca Pasta

Strong backbone for a Merlot with ripe berry flavors, but still needs time to open up and become smoother. This will definitely happen, even in a year or two – hence the 93 pt W.S. rating. I feel that at this time, it has not quite developed into that 93 pointer, but it is an exceptional glass for the price.

Washington is my favorite region for Merlots and Chateau St. Michelle is the highest producing winery in the state. They are really proving themselves, creating finer Merlot than California, in my opinion.

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