EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Chateau Ste Michelle | Indian Wells Red Blend | Columbia Valley | Washington State | 2010 | $20

http___www.ste-michelleHere’s a smooth, velvety red blend from Washington State’s largest wine producer. It’s an intriguing blend dominated by Merlot (60%) and Syrah (28%), with complementary splashes of Cabernet Sauvignon (6%), Grenache (3%), Malbec (2%), Cinsault (.5%) and Mourvedre (.5%). It offers soothing aromas of black cherry and black pepper followed by richly layered flavors of plum and blueberry compote, chocolate, and kalamata olive, with a touch of smoke. It’s a full-bodied, savory wine with moderate tannins, acids, and toasty oak.  As typical of Chateau Ste Michelle’s Indian Wells line of wines, this blend is fruit-driven, generous, and easy-going.  It’s sure to please fans of New World reds, and could be your next crowd-pleaser. This is a fairly large production wine, and should be reasonably easy to find in large wine shops and grocers with thoughtful wine selections. We found it at Total Wine, at a nice discount.  For more information on this wine or other wines from Chateau Ste Michelle, visit them virtually at www.ste-michelle.com.

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