Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2012

$64.99
$58.49

SKU 03993

750ml

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The Artist Series is a very personal statement for me and what I enjoy most about Washington state red wines. It's the first wine I blend from all of our amazing vineyards in the Columbia Valley as I look for more restraint and complexity with an underlying ballast of Washington state power. The idyllic 2012 vintage in Washington gave me some of our best wines to date to craft this special 20th Artist Series bottling. Our vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate lent signature elegance from the perfect combination of ripeness and soft tannins. Our Cold Creek vineyard contributed weight, dark fruit and subtle sweetness. This is a beautifully layered, ageable wine and my version of art in a bottle.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country United States
Region Washington
Appellation Columbia Valley
Brand Chateau Ste. Michelle
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateI was blown away by the quality of the 2012 Artist Series Meritage, and this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend has rock-star notes of black raspberries, cassis, chocolate, smoked earth and creamy licorice. Full-bodied, concentrated and seamless, with no shortage of mid-palate depth or tannin, drink it anytime over the coming 15 years or so.

Jeb Dunnuck, June 28, 2015
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorFocused, sleek and sinewy, with a blanket of fine tannins swaddling an expressive core of smoky, meaty red berry and floral flavors, persisting impressively. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2022. 4,400 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, December 15, 2015
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastThe 20th anniversary of this bottling, this wine is principally Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Merlot (26%) with the fruit coming largely from Canoe Ridge and Cold Creek vineyards. Alluring café au lait, toast, dark chocolate and cherry aromas are followed by black and blue fruit flavors that linger on the finish.

Sean Sullivan, December 31, 2015