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Recently tasted wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle
2009 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills 13.5%
Offering up Fresh cut cider apples with a touches of peach, light herbs, lemon oil and floral tones on the nose that gain a lightly creamy wood spice note underpinning the fruit. Nice richness on entry is quickly cut by vibrant acids, which help to accentuate the green apple and lime zest flavors on the mid-palate. This wine has nice weight, and both freshness and richness on the palate with a hint of almost cedary honey note on the backend and on to the complex, long and zesty finish. I would love this with smoky grilled scallops or salmon. 90pts
2008 Indian Wells Chardonnay 13.5%
A touch of caramel and an intriguing note of bacon fat greats the nose followed by lemon blossoms and deeply ripe tropical fruit tones. On entry this is smooth and soft with rich guava nectar tones that grow into vibrant pineapple notes on the palate. This has a lightly smoky top not on the palate with a silky texture and a spicy, almost nutty element on the back end., finishing with roast orange notes and more guava tones. A soft, silky chardonnay worthy of pairing with a tropical scented chicken in cream sauce. 89pts
2007 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 14.5%
Toasty oak and black currant fruit, framed by notes of vanilla, cocoa, pencil lead and exotic baking spice greet the nose. This somehow combines a sweet, gentle character with more rigid aromatic elements. Lovely balance right up front though it retains a touch of youthfully aggressive tannins they are balanced by cool, ripe black currant and black cherry fruit. Much like the nose promised this firms up in the mouth retaining excellent focus and drive across the palate. It’s a refreshing style of Cabernet that has plenty of fruit character but show a certain sense of restraint. The finish is long and layered with black cherry fruit, oak, and licorice spice notes all weaving together quite well. Still a bit on the young side for my palate this deserves time in a decanter or a few years in the cellar. 91pts
2006 Ethos Syrah 14.7%
This jumps from the glass with intense aromas of concentrated boysenberry fruit, lovely sweet floral notes, a hint of pepper bacon, wood spice playing a background note and an edge of mint. Tight on entry but with great richness, this is surprisingly light on it’s feet for such a dense wine, the beauty of Syrah. The flavors are fresh and supported by bright acids and soft tannins. Lovely notes of sour plum skins, blueberries and blackberries are framed with soft suggestions of vanilla, toast and a hint of blood orange. The finish is subtle at first, and then lengthens with time revealing a nice candied black cherry and blueberry fruit tones and soft wood spice accents. This deserves some game; peppered venison with a blackberry reduction sauce would be off the charts. 91pts