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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Gift from Stark's. 5/2017.

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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. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: raindance
2001541,835
0.00 5
Vintage: 2014 05/27/2017

Gift from Stark's. 5/2017.


Snooth User: MrRiesling
2015421,394
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 09/21/2014

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Wolle
2034221,410
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 02/15/2014

My Rating 89; Fine restrained Cabernet with oaky nose and some complexity. Price a little to high


Snooth User: mannycorks
41207200
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 12/27/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: xmlguy
9378045
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 12/31/2008

Three glasses


Snooth User: jlee727
79834257
4.00 5
Vintage: 2001 03/15/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Vintage: 2012 07/29/2015

Polished, open-textured and distinctive, with a minty edge to the currant and plum fruit, lingering easily on the soft finish. Drink now. 305,000 cases made.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 02/08/2015

CSM’s mainstream Cabernet Sauvignon now carries a “100% vinifera rootstock” designation — surely a first for any American winery. It displays more structure than some of the other, similarly priced offerings from the Northwest’s largest winery group. With good focus and length, its mix of plum and berry fruit, nicely set in a frame of toast, coffee and charred wood, makes it a surefire, all-purpose, medium-bodied red.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 02/08/2015

Polished, open-textured and distinctive, with a minty edge to the currant and plum fruit, lingering easily on the soft finish. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 10/07/2013

Highlights concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. An inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins.



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