Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2011

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Firm and chewy with a peppery green edge to the clear blackberry flavors fading a bit as the finish does a diminuendo. Drink now through 2010. 10000 cases made.

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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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Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: sarahluvswine
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4.00 5
07/23/2011

Excellent cabernet for the price. Slightly fruity with smooth finish.


Snooth User: IHEARTWINES
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3.00 5
07/06/2010

Three glasses


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

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
06/24/2010

Firm and chewy, with a peppery, green edge to the clear blackberry flavors, fading a bit as the finish does a diminuendo. Drink now through 2010. 10,000 cases made.


External Review
03/12/2014

We craft our Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to express Washington's distinctive world-class vineyards. This cab is complex yet inviting, with concentrated fruit flavors and silky tannins. It's also very versatile with food. Pair this with beef tenderloin or pasta. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
10/10/2013

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


External Review
12/24/2013

We craft our Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to express Washington's distinctive world-class vineyards. This cab is complex yet inviting, with concentrated fruit flavors and silky tannins. It's also very versatile with food. Pair this with beef tenderloin or pasta. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker



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Firm and chewy with a peppery green edge to the clear blackberry flavors fading a bit as the finish does a diminuendo. Drink now through 2010. 10000 cases made.

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