Clear, bright, medium-plus intensity ruby red coloration with some purple. A clean nose with medium intensity aromas of plum, blackberry, sage, and damp leaves. Dry on the palate with medium-full body, medium tannin and acidity, and balanced alcohol. Medium intense flavors including black cherry, plum, other black fruits, oak, baking spice, and anise. A medium-long finish that really accentuates the black licorice. This wine will pair well with grilled or roasted foods (even tofu!) and should be matched with savory herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme.

WHO: Chateau Ste Michelle
WHAT: Merlot
WHERE: Columbia Valley, WA
WHEN: 2006
HOW MUCH: $11

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