2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot
93 points and one of Wine & Spirits 100 Best Wines and 100 Best Buys of 2011: "This shows the best aspects of the wonderful '07s-energy, elegant fruit, persistence-adorned by a little bit of bottle age. It has taken on notes of carob, creosote and cedar, and it is those earthy, savory elements that give the wine tremendous complexity for the price. for a lean cut of meat, like skirt steak." (06/11) A fantastic, everyday red with tangy cherry cola notes, accented by hints of saddle leather, spice, smoke and cocoa powder.