Chateau Ste. Michelle, Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley, WA, 2015
Merlot is back, and Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington State is leading the way. Made from 40-year-old vines, Cold Creek is lush, round and velvety, with compote-like flavors of baked blueberry and fig. The ideal pairing is a steak with similar flavor, like The Capital Grille’s artistic preparation of Sliced Filet with Fig Essence.