Looking for a new house Big Red that impresses your savvy wine buddies but still leaves a few quid in your pocket from a $20?  The great state of Washington and one of its shining wine stars, Chateau Ste. Michelle provides this month’s answer in the form of its Indian Wells Merlot 2014.  A full-bodied but lush expression of Merlot, the taste profile for the Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2014 is that of ripe dark cherries, cocoa, spice and just a hint of oak for balance.  I would pair this terrific Merlot with a dry BBQ rib rack or a charcoal-finished pork loin.  Known for its consistency from year-to-year, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Indian Wells Merlot 2014 has received impressive scores over the past several vintages, and 2014 was no exception.  The likes of Wine Spectator called it “sleek and well-framed” and bestowed an impressive 89 rating on this terrific value wine after it laid a slightly higher 90 for the 2013 vintage.  Best of all, this tasty Merlot retails for only $18 and can definitely be had for several dollars cheaper with some careful sleuthing!   Why wait?  Go nab several bottles now for those thirsty, unexpected guests!  Cheers!