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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Indian Springs Wine Spectator 2008

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Ripe grapes were destemmed 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 14-16 months in predominately new American and French oak to enhance the sweet mid-palate of the Wahluke Slope fruit. Syrah from the Wahluke Slope contributed an enhanced jammy fruit character to the wine.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Indian Springs Wine Spectator

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,959
4.50 5
05/27/2010

A bit of wood spice greats the nose followed by notes of coffee, rich earth, and liquory black currant fruit with just the faintest herbal top note adding some detail. On entry this is rich with a lush, black currant fruit character. The acids keep this bright and the finely managed tannins add some mouth grab to the otherwise seamless feel. There are lovely cigarbox spice notes in the mouth with touch of burnt sugar and s mellow roasted herb tone that weaves through the mid-palate and turns a touch mintier on the backend. The finish is long with refreshing tannins and lingering spice tones that accent the bright, slightly wild fruit on the finale. A well-balanced, yet fairly rich wine that can stand up to richer red meats like grilled steaks and braised dishes. 91pts


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Snooth User: atonalprime
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4.00 5
09/24/2010

Decant 1-2 hours minimum, Hot on the nose with notes of molasses. Rich, dark and full of dark bramble fruit, vanilla and baking spices. Long-lasting finish that continues to build as your drink more, full of earthy, ripe fruit. Well-balanced and good structure, can last 2-3 days easily once opened if stored properly.


Snooth User: The Captain 11
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4.00 5
12/21/2010

It is creamy with hints of spice and blackberry on the nose and then becomes becomes more velvety as it opens up with a taste of oak and vanilla. Great wine!


Snooth User: GreyOwl
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4.50 5
02/01/2011

Jammy indeed! wonderfully layered, blackberry, black cherry, dark fruits, hints of oak and vanilla, balanced tannins,velvety smooth! Smile grows with every sip...Outstanding!


Snooth User: Scubat00
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4.00 5
12/22/2010

We stumbled across this cab a few months ago when it was on sale at our grocer. We've bought up every bottle we can find. It drinks well alone or paired. It is full-bodied, but not overpowering, with enough layers of complexity to keep your mouth interested. Silky smooth with a long finish.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.50 5
06/06/2010

This rich wine is deeply complicated, but congenial. Powerful wood notes and black pepper, with a hint of smoked meats and mint. The mouth takes light first step, then fills the palate and has a black-fruit finish and a touch of jam. This wine should be approachable to many drinkers, fun to take in, dignified. It is a great wine for the price as well.


Snooth User: MrRiesling
2015421,341
4.00 5
09/19/2010

A hint of oak on the nose. Lush and smooth on the palate.


Snooth User: attackdog100
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4.00 5
01/25/2011

I loved this wine and bought a case from the Wine Bunker in Reading, Ma. for a great price - $14/bottle. This wine had a lot of tannin, tons of fruit - berry, mostly and an incredibly long finish. An outstanding value!


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Indian Springs Wine Spectator

External Review
12/03/2010

Grapes are sourced from a collection of warm-climate vineyards that range from the Wahluke Slope to Cold Creek Vineyard, and include the namesake Indian Wells Vineyard. About 16% Syrah is added to the blend giving the wine a jammy fruit character. The wine was aged 14-16 months if American and French oak. The result is a rich, round, and full-bodied wine. Wine Spectator scored it 90 points saying "Polished, round and generous, offering a plush mouthful of blackberry, cherry and mint flavors that ride easily over fine tannins through the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2015."


External Review
07/13/2010

Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Indian Wells and all other wine from Chateau Ste Michelle are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
10/09/2010

Dunkles Purpur. Intensives Bouquet nach reifen Heidelbeeren, feine Edelholznoten und Cassis. Im Gaumen saftig, viel blaue Beeren, rote Rosen, Giandujanougat und eine herrliche, an Kandis erinnernde Fruchtsüsse im ganz feinen Extrakt, samtiges, kakaortiges Tannin endent in ein langes Finale.


External Review
04/12/2011

90 Points - Wine Spectator Polished, round and generous, offering a plush mouthful of blackberry, cherry and mint flavors that ride easily over fine tannins through the long, expressive finish. Drin


External Review
05/18/2011

Candied blackberries, waxy dark cherries, spices, tar, and licorice make up the mouth-watering aromatics of the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells. This outstanding wine, which is produced in Bordeaux-like quantities (21,000 cases) is sultry, decadent, and intense. Its suave personality slathers the palate with lush, broad waves of black fruits and tar. Bertheau, who believes, as I do, that texture is paramount in great wines, should be proud of this effort's sensual mouthfeel and supple finish. It may not be complex but boy what pleasure it delivers! Drink this terrific value over the next 5 years.


External Review
05/18/2011

Bright and juicy, bursting with fresh blackberry, currant and a touch of spicy oak, all of it echoing beautifully on the finish. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
09/27/2011

Succulent red plum flavors balance this wine's scents of violets and a cool evergreen note. There's plenty of rich flavors and a seductive, chewy texture, all held with poise by clean graphite tannins. For a charred steak.


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Tasting Notes:

“The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate ripe, jammy “New World” style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine 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 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 14-16 months in predominately new American and French oak to enhance the sweet mid-palate of the Wahluke Slope fruit. Syrah from the Wahluke Slope contributed an enhanced jammy fruit character to the wine.

75000 produced.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 5.3 grams per liter

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