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2005 Chateau Ste Michelle Orphelin Columbia Valley (750ml)
Producer: Chateau Ste Michelle ste-michelle.com
Appellation: Columbia Valley - Washington State - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah - Mourvèdre - Cinsault - Grenache
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$13.95
Description: 16 varietals - also Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Touriga, Pinot Noir, Viognier
Tasting Notes:
tasted: April 23, 2008 , from a member
89 points "Color: dark; Nose: fragrant; Body: medium-bodied; Finish: persistent; Overall: pleasant; Primarily Cotes du Rhone varietals dominated by Syrah. The full field blend of 16 varietals makes it interesting, but not all mixed up since the core is Syrah/Cinsault/Mourvedre/Grenache. The rest is a mixed bag of everything that grows in Columbia Valley. Seems that the Viognier lends its tropical fruit injection just enough to round things out. Overall, more subtle than expected and also more interesting than a bunch of leftover grapes might suggest. Fun, pleasant, with enough to explore every taste bud that's stimulated, but not too serious. Good wine for company."
tasted: May 31, 2010 , Brad Owens
tasted: March 15, 2013 , Greg Yutzy
4 stars "Color: dark; Nose: fragrant; Acidity: lively; Sweetness: dry; Body: full-bodied; Finish: persistent; Overall: bold; "