Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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We craft our Columbia Valley Cabernet to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is an inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It’s also very versatile with food. I like this wine with beef tenderloin and pasta.

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  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle ... Read more
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle Vintners,” under the direction of Andre Tchelistcheff, which is where Ste. Michelle really took off. Their first vines were planted at the now-legendary Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington in 1972. When a French style chateau was built in Woodinville by Ste. Michelle Vintners in 1976, the winery finally became known as Chateau Ste. Michelle. The terroir is very important for Chateau Ste. Michelle. Columbia Valley isn’t just important because they have over 3,500 acres under vine there - they love the land, and they even helped to make it recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA). Columbia Valley produces more Riesling than any other American region, and Chateau Ste. Michelle leads that charge as the leading North American Riesling producer. Chateau Ste. Michelle is known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it didn’t become great magically. They actually have two separate wineries, one for making whites, and another for making reds, which allows them to have complete control of the process. In fact, they’re so serious about the difference that they have dedicated winemakers for each color. While Bob Bertheau is their head winemaker who oversees all wine, Joshua Maloney oversees only the red wines, and Wendy Stuckey cares for the white. This allows Chateau Ste. Michelle to consistently create world-class wines that never fail to surprise judges. Read less

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Snooth User: Larry Russell
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Vintage: 2010 07/29/2013

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/12/2014

We craft our Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to express Washington's distinctive world-class vineyards. This cab is complex yet inviting, with concentrated fruit flavors and silky tannins. It's also very versatile with food. Pair this with beef tenderloin or pasta. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker


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Vintage: 2010 08/15/2013

Chewy, nicely focused and appealing, with ripe black cherry and licorice flavors that dance deftly on the finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 08/15/2013

A classic and a real steal, this generous cabernet offers scents of cassis and mocha, adorned with a hint of pine. The flavors are warm and open, its cedar accents lending old-school elegance to generous, dark fruit and slightly furry tannins. A great weeknight red for a smoked pork chop.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 12/24/2013

Our goal with the Columbia Valley Cabernet is to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is our inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It's also very versatile with food-try it with beef, pork or pasta.- Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerBlend:85% Cabernet Sauvignon6% Syrah3% Merlot6% other varieties (Malbec, Petit Verdot and Grenache)Total acidity: 0.52g/100mlph: 3.86Alcohol: 13.5% ** SOLD OUT **


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Vintage: 2010 02/05/2013

Highlights concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. An inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 09/05/2013

A killer value that drinks like a wine at least $10 more expensive. Robust and spice-driven, with rich black fruit and bold tannic structure.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2013

Our goal with the Columbia Valley Cabernet is to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is our inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It's also very versatile with food-try it with beef, pork or pasta.- Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerBlend:85% Cabernet Sauvignon6% Syrah3% Merlot6% other varieties (Malbec, Petit Verdot and Grenache)Total acidity: 0.52g/100mlph: 3.86Alcohol: 13.5%


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We craft our Columbia Valley Cabernet to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is an inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It’s also very versatile with food. I like this wine with beef tenderloin and pasta.

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