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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2003

Member Review by Evil Homer:

Wonderful wine. Excellent bouquet with great finish. Very tight nose and excellent tannin. I loved this 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

Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: Evil Homer
33417196
4.00 5
10/26/2007

Wonderful wine. Excellent bouquet with great finish. Very tight nose and excellent tannin. I loved this wine!


Snooth User: JBaldwinRN
33943117
3.50 5
11/08/2007

VERY subtle dark fruity nose. Initially a smooth mouth feel, nothing overwhelming. Has a tendency to linger on the palate. Upon swallowing, the tannins do show themselves; a bit biting/acidic at first, but quickly smooth out. All in all, a very satisfying cab/sav and would definitely consider a "BUY AGAIN". In my area (CT.) a tad on the pricey side for the taste, but I suppose for an "every once in while"; it definitely falls into the category of "pretty good".


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
2.50 5
11/29/2007

Good fruit and tannins. Lots of sediment - decant first. A long finish with a chocolate taste.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
06/08/2007

Excellent Washington cabernet. Dark, inky color. Aromas of spice, currant, and tobacco leaf. Palate has notes of spice, currant, blackberry, and herbs. Well-integrated tannins make for a plush drinking experience. Would definitely buy again.


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
125081448
4.00 5
02/25/2009

Dark brooding color. Not showing much on the nose (yet). The palate reveals a very correct cabernet profile which incorporates some dark blackberry, deep dark currant, and a smooth tannin. Slight sweetness in a positive way. An almost 'brambly' quality I do enjoy. Yep, it's Cabernet. A decent level of acidity with a very decent long aftertaste. Nothing negative to write about here. I think this will be a very great bottle in a year or two, but shant dissapoint now. 90


Snooth User: lukejo
23509684
3.50 5
09/27/2009

A very smooth and layered taste with spice, depth and earthiness from this great cab. The winery itself is a great place to visit.

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  • chocolate

  • Snooth User: LD
    3956138
    3.50 5
    12/23/2007

    A good, inexpensive bottle. I've been drinking Chateau Ste Michelle Cabs since 1982 and they have been consistently good. Not the kind of wine you serve for your anniversary, but a good Friday night wine with a movie.


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