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2013 Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend

2013 Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend

This red blend from Washington State is a Costco staple, and a wine that we’ve reviewed and enjoyed in the past.  It landed in Costco stores for $11.99, which is well below the retail price of $20, and a good 10-20% below other outlets where I’ve seen it.

In years past this wine has gone for closer to $14 at Costco, often times with a discount down to $11, so it looks like this year they’re just going with a standard low price on it, which is great.

It’s a heck of a blend, and one that I don’t think anyone could guess all the varietals but I found it online.  This wine consists of 52% Syrah, 29% Merlot, 8% Malbec , 5% Grenache, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Mourvedre, and 2% Petit Verdot.  The fruit was sourced from a few different Chateau Ste. Michelle vineyards including Indian Wells, Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge Estate vineyards.

It all comes together surprisingly well.  Cinnamon, nutmeg and some oak on the nose; flavors of jammy dark fruit, blueberry, vanilla; juicy finish; definitely a Syrah driven blend, and clearly a food friendly wine although it’s easy drinking enough to enjoy on its own.

At only $12 this is a strong value buy for sure.  The straight varietal offerings from Chateau Ste. Michelle all also typically very good buys, including the Chardonnay we reviewed last year around this time. Rating: 88 points

Costco item number: 708779

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 14.5%

Joe Roberts

Thursday 28th of December 2017

This blend is my favorite of the various "Indian Wells" offerings from CSM---- though all of them rate high on the price/pleasure continuum. Perhaps because we are located near to the state that is the source of the product, these Indian Wells estate wines usually get discounted in December to $9.99---- smokin' good deal, and time to stock up.

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