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Chateau Ste. Michelle Meritage Artist Series 750ml 2006
Sku: 1564058*
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Country: United States
Region: Washington
Sub-Region: Columbia Valley
Grape Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
Type: Still wine
Reg. 172.99
On Sale $137.99
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Wine Advocate 93 points - For thoughts on Chateau Ste Michelle’s uniqueness and recent evolution, consult my extensive April, 2013 text designed to introduce recent tasting notes. With polished texture from resolved tannins and plenty of still-juicy dark berry fruit, the Ste Michelle’s 2006 Meritage Artist Series is noteworthy and winsome for its saliva-drawing sense of salinity allied to a savory amalgam of mocha, nuts, cardamom and blond tobacco. The performance here reflects the vintage’s moderate temperatures that permitted of even, shut-down-free ripeness, and finishes with at once soothing and saliva- not to mention next sip-stimulating length. I suspect this is at its best now but will still perform admirably for at least 2-3 more years. (Mar 2013)

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CLAAR CELLARS is our family owned Estate Winery. My parents, Audrienne and Russell Claar developed the first farm in 1950 and planted the first grapes in 1980. Bob and I were both Active Duty Naval Officers when in 1983, he retired and I transferred into the Naval Reserve. Since then we have developed over 120 acres of premium vineyards. Our vineyards are on south and southwest facing hillsides above the Columbia River. In this distinct microclimate, located within the White Bluffs growing region, we are endowed with an almost ideal combination of climate and soil. This region receives more heat than growing areas to the west of us and avoids the more frequent frosts and killer freezes to the east. Also our south facing hillsides allow cold air to drain in the spring and collect more heat during the growing season. Our sandy, rocky soil is especially conducive to growing quality grapes and researchers have frequently stated that this region is one of the best in the state of Washington. After 13 years of selling grapes to wineries throughout Washington, as well as from New York to Mississippi to New Mexico, and of being told of their unique taste and quality from numerous Winemakers, we decided to take the steps necessary to become an Estate Winery. With the 1997 crush we became an Estate Winery processing and bottling all of our grapes in our own 10,000 square foot facility. In 1999 we added a 4,000 square foot Temperature and Humidity controlled Barrel Building and in 2012 a 10,000 square foot case-good storage facility all of which are heated and cooled through ground water and excess heat produced by the glycol tank cooling system. We have award-winning Premium wines including: Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Sangiovese, and newly planted Pinot Gris, Viognier, Malbec and Petite Sirah. Our vineyards and winery are Sustainable with LIVE, IOBC and Salmon Safe certification. CLAAR CELLARS -- an Estate winery committed to quality!

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