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Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah 2011 Wine Review

Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah 2011

Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah 2011

Columbia Valley, Washington, United States

Community Score:86/100

Community Reviews: 5

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Price: $17.00

Drink: 2014-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Chateau Ste. Michelle

Agent: Philippe Dandurand Wines Ltd.

Natalie's Score: 90/100

Full-bodied with lots of mocha, espresso and dark chocolate on the nose from oak aging. Dark fruit on the palate then mocha smoke on the finish.

This Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah 2011 was reviewed on August 15, 2014 by Natalie MacLean

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Martha Kelly AIWS - CS rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Intense, ripe flavours of black berry, cassis, black pepper and cloves with an opulent yet refreshing mouth-feel. This wine is judiciously oaked and is a great example of New World Syrah.
Enjoy today, or cellar for 3 - 5 years.
Pair with braised meats.
Date tasted: August 2014.
Courtney Flood rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Deep purple. Sweet plum and cassis aromas, with vanilla and baking spice. A touch of pepperiness to keep it grounded. Very plush and lingering wine with cassis and anise. Not a lot of acidity. I would pair this with blue cheese burger.
Sean O'Regan - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 84/100 with the following review:

August 17, 2014: Deep ruby, plummy, smoky, toasty, vanilla and spice on the nose. Some sweetness on entry, plummy, toasty with soft tannins and medium acidity. Lacking varietal characteristic, this comes across as a commercial/generic wine for mass appeal. Good for an outdoor BBQ party.
Philippe Perreault, Sommelier rated this wine as 80/100 with the following review:

Deep ruby color!

that's a woody full body wine with aromas of plum, blackberry, cigar box and spice.
This wine is long on the palate.

Serve this wine at 15-17 degrees.
This wine can be aged 6 to 8 years.
Pair it with elk, caribo or Bison burgers.
Tom Vigeant reviewed this wine as follows:

Cherry, some moka and light spice on nose. Fleshy, full bodied, ripe plummy and black cherry flavours. Intense (a little off balance) oak and alcohol characteristic of commercial shiraz, lacks a bit of acidity. Lingering finish. BBQ/pizza/burger wine.

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