Chateau Ste Mich Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wl 2005
Ripe grapes were destemmed, crushed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. The pumpovers can vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment is tasted every day to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques and find the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins. Aged for 18-20 months in predominately new American and French oak to enhance the sweet mid-palate of the Wahluke Slope fruit. A small percentage of Wahluke Slope Syrah contributed to the blend for enhanced jammy fruit character.
Surprisingly good cab. Good length. Lots of spice and solid tannin. Good dark fruit. Very nice.
Was somewhat disappointed after a big buildup from my wine merchant. Nothing special. Not much of a nose, and a bit on the thin side. There are much better cabs at this price point.
great wine for the price
19$$$!!!! Not sure what Snooth is thinking here.... I have bought about 10 bottles of this over the past year and usually pay around $12 a bottle. This wine seems real inconsistant? Sometimes I will have it and think it is the best thing since sliced bread, and other times it just seems like your average $10 cab?
Big ripe fruit with a buttery oakiness. Oak is forefront, but not overpowering. A soft wine with just enough tannin to be balanced. There is an elegance about the mouthfeel. Exudes the character of a much more expensive wine. Medium body.
Rich, deep color, good nose, and nice fruits in the blackberry, currant variety. Tannans are light, almost as if this wine were a blend. Very close to a Beringer Knights Valley cab. I would also place this wine in the same price category, although a very good wine for the $10-20 area. An exceptional value as I have has cabs that cost 3 times as much and were't even half the quality.
Absolutely love this wine. One of my new Favorite wines. Reasonable price for such a great wine. 17.99 for this bottle in Stamford, CT which to me is a steal. This was a fruitful balanced wine, full of black berries with a deep purple color. The complexity and range of flavors was amazing. Great wine for new or experienced wine drinkers. Buy it!!!!!
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Wine Tasting NotesThe Columbia Valley Cabernet is a warm, inviting and complex wine. This Cabernet offers intriguing aromas and flavors of blackberry, dried currants and a hint of black licorice.
Wine & Spirits ReviewRated 91This finely poised cabernet brings out the best of Washington State, forward but never over the line. Its dark and generous cassis aromas are accented by mocha, while a mineral tension allows the wine to retain a fineness. For a leg of lamb.Wine Tasting NotesThe wine showcases the characteristics of a warmer climate Cabernet. The wine opens with explosive fruit aromas. Flavors and aromas of jammy blackberry, smoke, warm toast and hints of vanilla mingle on the palate.
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“The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate ripe, jammy, “New World” style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2006 blend really typifies the Wahluke Slope region with up front, dark fruit aromas and flavors with hints of vanilla. Vineyards in the area are more than a decade old now and showing character and complexity.”
|Total Acidity: 5.7 grams per liter|