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2006 Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot

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.
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Washington State Wines—Hot and Getting Hotter

Having visited wine regions around the world, I believe Washington State is one of the most exciting you’ll find, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Washington boasts an interesting history, has a perfect climate for grapes, produces many varieties into award-winning wines, and offers many regions to explore.