Chateau Ste. Michelle C.S.M Horse Heaven Hills Limited Release 2009

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CSM” implies Chateau Ste. Michelle, but in this case, refers to the Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Malbec that were bl...

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User Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle C.S.M Horse Heaven Hills Limited Release

Winemaker's Notes:

• Grapes were sorted with a new grape receiving system and MOG (materials other than grapes) separation system that gets fruit to the fermenters in a more gentle and puremanner, allowing for better varietal expression and softer mouthfeel. • Ripe grapes were destemmed, crushed and inoculated with a variety of yeasts for maximumcomplexity. • Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harshtannins. The pumpovers can vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment istasted every day to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques andfind the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins.

Tasting Notes:

CSM” implies Chateau Ste. Michelle, but in this case, refers to the Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Malbec that were blended to create this limited release wine. We sourced all of the fruit from our vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate. The Cab adds structure, while the Malbec and Syrah bring brambleberry flavors and a lush texture to the wine.

• Grapes were sorted with a new grape receiving system and MOG (materials other than grapes) separation system that gets fruit to the fermenters in a more gentle and puremanner, allowing for better varietal expression and softer mouthfeel. • Ripe grapes were destemmed, crushed and inoculated with a variety of yeasts for maximumcomplexity. • Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harshtannins. The pumpovers can vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment istasted every day to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques andfind the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins.

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616 cases produced.

Notes: Aged in 33% new American and 18% new French oak for 15 months.

Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol: 15.0% pH: 3.94
Total Acidity: 0.54 grams per liter

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