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Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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Cabernet from this iconic 35-year-old vineyard always delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. This is a dense wine with great aging potential. This vintage is nearly pure Cabernet (99%) with intense dark fruit and long finish. I call this my steakhouse red!

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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

Member Reviews for Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: rickst29
41730524
4.00 5
02/07/2011

WOW. This is much more impressive than their 2007. The color is about the same; but for nose, taste, and finish, it's much more smooth and powerful. Very grape-forward, not much complexity. But this generic "Columbia Valley" product suggests that 2008 will be THE Washington State vintage to look for in Cabs and Cab blends. (Maybe Merlot too, haven't tasted one yet.) In my town, a local grocery store made the mistake (for them, not for me :)) of offering an introductory price of less than $7. I bought CASES of the stuff. Unfortunately, it now goes for way more. But, at $15 or less,it's a bargain. I suspect that it will improve with age. I wonder, what will the high-end 2008 releases be like? I'm definitely looking forward to the Release of Columbia Crest H3; it might be an amazing value, with even higher overall quality.


Snooth User: rickst29
41730524
4.00 5
02/07/2011

3.5 overall, and a pretty good value. But this listing should be deleted- it duplicates "Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008" with region specified as "Columbia Valley". (My review, and another, is under THAT listing.)


Snooth User: xyoungblood
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4.00 5
07/21/2011

For an over all drinkable wine this is the efin ticket. Smooth plum, fig, deep without the obscene high notes. A wine for guiness drinkers. Expand out to a Layer Cake Malbec. These are definitely LPR,s. (Liquid panty removers..) Get some while the gettins' good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Snooth User: reddot
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0.00 5
04/14/2012

11.95 costco


External Reviews for Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Deep garnet red color. Medium-bodied. Moderately extracted. Quite tannic. Plums, currants, minerals, brown spice. Rich, ripe black fruit aromas are confirmed on the palate. Some tough angular tannins come through on the finish giving an assertive character. Best with rich foods.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A full-bodied wine with rich aromas and intense cherry flavor. Enjoy now with barbecued beef or grilled lamb, but put some aside for winter chili or stew.


External Review
10/24/2011

On the lighter side, showing nicely ripe cherry and spice flavors, as well as hints of tobacco on the soft finish. Drink now. 240,000 cases made. -HS


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Ripe black cherry character is accented by notes of black pepper. There are also notes of chocolate and creamy vanilla. The tannins are sweet and supple, leading into a pleasant moderate finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Chocolate, coffee and nutmeg aromas are accented with a hint of cassis. Rich black cherry and plum flavors blend with spice and black pepper on the palate. The soft, elegant tannin structure leads to a lingering finish.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A straight-ahead, no-frills effort that shows herb-tinged cassis and cherry fruit and tight, dry tannins. A hint of tobacco and green tea enlivens the finish. This wine surely will prove cellar-worthy; it may not reach its peak for at least a decade.


External Review
09/27/2011

Spice - a hint of tobacco, a hint of milk chocolate - gives way to a ripe set of fruit flavors in this big shouldered, thoroughly seductive red. The texture is driven by fine, peppery tannins, which stem the tide of ripe, plummy fruit, giving the wine a touch of elegance even as it remains irresistible. It's drinking beautiful now; a by-the-case buy.


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Cabernet from this iconic 35-year-old vineyard always delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. This is a dense wine with great aging potential. This vintage is nearly pure Cabernet (99%) with intense dark fruit and long finish. I call this my steakhouse red!

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