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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Columbia Valley United States 2010

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Cabernet from this iconic 40-year-old vineyard consistently delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. The 2010 Cold Creek Cab shows the approachability of the cooler vintage. The wine delivers black cherry, chocolate notes with typical Cold Creek weight and user friendly power. This is 100% pure Cold Creek Cab because this fruit deserves to stand on its own!

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Columbia Valley United States

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,783
4.50 5
03/05/2014

A bit buttery with base notes of wood, peppery spice lurking under lightly herbal and violet tinged crushed blackcurrant fruit framed with a toasty coconut nuance. Rich and velvety in the mouth, this is packed with purple berry fruit supported by supple but present tannins. The texture is a touch on the creamy side finishing with explosive fresh fruit wrapping in vanilla, mocha and light tobacco nuances. Long and fairly elegant. 91pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,783
4.60 5
03/05/2014

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Columbia Valley United States

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

Generous, open-textured and appealing, with cherry and rhubarb flavors, hinting at rose hip tea as the finish lingers deftly against fine tannins. Drink now through 2018.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

A slight step up, with more complex aromas and flavors of brambly black fruits, liquid smoke, toast and spice box, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard is a 100% Cabernet that spent 21 months in 76% new oak barrels (58% French/18% American). From a hot site that was planted in 1973, it is a medium to full-bodied, balanced and textured effort that firms up nicely on the finish with ripe, polished tannin. Already hard to resist, it will nevertheless drink nicely through 2020. Drink now–2020.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/19/2013

Planted in 1973, Cold Creek Vineyard remains one of the most exceptional vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The weak soil at Cold Creek a silty loam - contributes significantly to the old vine intensity of the fruit.



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Cabernet from this iconic 40-year-old vineyard consistently delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. The 2010 Cold Creek Cab shows the approachability of the cooler vintage. The wine delivers black cherry, chocolate notes with typical Cold Creek weight and user friendly power. This is 100% pure Cold Creek Cab because this fruit deserves to stand on its own!

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