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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day sixty-eight (Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2007)

I’m in the Red Roof Inn in Rutland, VT. A very relaxing hotel where I can come to feel at full ease. I’m here with my girlfriend and dog. For dinner I had sushi and some Red Diamond Merlot. Along the way I discover an amazing jazz pianist Mike Taylor. (Here’s a good story about Mike Taylor: http://www.trunkrecords.com/turntable/mike_taylor.shtml.) If you can find The Mike Taylor Trio Trio, oh, do get it so wonderful. Mmmm.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2007So I’ve only heard wonderful things about Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2007. Well, maybe not about the specific year, but the wine. And here I found it at Hannaford Farms, a grocery store chain in the northeast. It definitely rivals Wegmans. I think I like Hannaford Farms better. (I’m going to upstate-New York hell for that.)

Anyway, I’m now downloading Mike Taylor Remembered from Amazon. I love Amazon album downloads. This album is only $7. Wheeee.

(Seems these are more cover tunes than Mike Taylor. Oh well.)

To the wine!

To the wine out of a plastic hotel cup.

The color is dark. Well, what else can I say when using a plastic hotel cup. Despite the cup, I get a jammy nose. Raspberry jam. My girlfriend gets grape cough syrup. I can find that too in a corner of the wine.

On the taste it’s grapes and raspberries. Tart raspberries. It’s pretty big for a Merlot, too.

It seems awkward to me. Not balanced, yet. It has a Zinfandel jamminess and Cabernet Sauvignon body and texture. It doesn’t seem Merlovian to me. (I made up the adjectival “Merlovian.” I think I’ll trademark it like Zuckerberg is trying to trademark “Face.” What an ass. Ass face.)

With time, though, it’s loosening up. This cream filled strawberry roll is helping the juiciness come out. Still, I wouldn’t guess the Merlot came from Washington, let alone Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Wine & Spirits gave this 92 points, which is very generous. However, it’s not a 90-point wine. I’m going to say 88 points.//


1 Response to “in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day sixty-eight (Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2007)”


  1. November 28, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I live right next door to Chateau Ste. Michelle! I’m not a wine expert, but I would definitely recommend the whites there over the reds. My husband loves their Rieslings. If you ever get out to Seattle, it’s a bit out in the country but has a great tour.


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