Chateau Ste Mich Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wl 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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Chateau Ste. Michelle:
  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 Chateau Ste Mich Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wl

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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4.00 5
02/05/2009

Surprisingly good cab. Good length. Lots of spice and solid tannin. Good dark fruit. Very nice.


Snooth User: judgelog
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2.50 5
01/05/2008

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.


Snooth User: whiterabbit
148935271
4.00 5
03/21/2009

great wine for the price


Snooth User: william344
80622165
3.50 5
07/27/2008

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?


Snooth User: jholmes
8411310
5.00 5
08/19/2008

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.


Snooth User: Harley4
4230295
0.00 5
03/10/2010

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.


Snooth User: BobbyC10
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5.00 5
08/25/2008

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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External Reviews for Chateau Ste Mich Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wl

External Review
01/17/2009

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.


External Review
01/17/2009

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.



Tasting Notes:

“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.”

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.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 5.7 grams per liter

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