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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard 2014

Member Review by Nicki Gig:

blackberries, some currants, smoky. smooth and simple and easily enjoyable by the masses.

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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 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 02/14/2013

blackberries, some currants, smoky. smooth and simple and easily enjoyable by the masses.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 11/21/2012

Nose is mossy and earthy with the funk of old world style wine. On the palate, stringent red berry fruit with flinty mineral tones. It's a tad stemmy and possessing big tannins. Reasonably good but very dry and woody. Time should help. 85 pts. 8/12/11 at Winery


Snooth User: r sprezzatura
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/10/2010

A well-balanced, intense, fruit-forward blended Cab that features black cherry fruit. Smooth and elegant with mild tannins.


Snooth User: powerm
3334855
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/16/2011

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
7729671,946
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 06/20/2011

Balanced & smooth.


Snooth User: Christy Canterbury MW
106010093,448
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 12/27/2012

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: RPerro
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 04/11/2009

Not bad, but I expected more from a (regularly priced) $30 bottle of cab.


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard

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Vintage: 2012 08/01/2016

Planted in 1991, the vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate lies on a steep, wind-swept south-facing slope on the bank of the Columbia River in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The site’s proximity to the river protects it from temperature extremes, allowing uniform ripening and superb balance. Ripe grapes were destemmed and sorted with a new cutting-edge grape receiving and sorting system designed to gently remove any green material from the grapes, allowing for pure varietal expression and soft mouthfeel. Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. The wine aged for 22 months in French and American oak, 60% new. Antonio Galloni scored this 91 points saying "Dark ruby-red. Very sexy oak notes of black raspberry, black cherry, licorice cocoa powder and violet, along with intriguing earth notes and a suggestion of medicinal reserve. At once plush and bright, with the sappy, almost syrupy black fruit and bitter chocolate flavors avoiding heaviness. Salty more than sweet, finishing with a strong spine of building tannins and excellent length. Merlot in this vineyard is actually more structured than the softer Cabernet Sauvignon here, according to winemaker McKee."


External Review
Vintage: 2011 08/23/2015

Supple and inviting, fleshy but not heavy, with juicy currant, plum and spice flavors that dance without fading on the harmonious finish. Drink now through 2021. 5,100 cases made.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 08/23/2015

This pops aromatically, with notes of dark roasted coffee beans, char and black cherry. The palate is approachable and soft in style, with sweet, ripe cherry flavors and abundant coffee tones throughout.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 08/12/2013

Also beautifully complex and slightly more focused, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Canoe Ridge Estate is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance a mix of Merlot, Syrah and Malbec. Coming from vines planted in 1991 and located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, close to the Columbia River, it delivers notions of red and black fruits, spice box, flowers and background herbs along with a medium-bodied, richly textured mouthfeel that carries solid depth and ripe tannin. More forward and approachable than the Cold Creek Vineyard, it should drink nicely over the coming 4–5 years. Drink now–2018.


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Vintage: 2010 08/04/2014

Good dark red. Musky currant, licorice, cedar, sage and a whiff of chocolatey reduction on the nose. Fairly smooth, pliant and deep, boasting good richness to its redcurrant, herb and milk chocolate flavors. Plenty of sexy oak here but it's supported by ripe fruit. Finishes with suave, edge-free tannins and lovely lingering sweetness.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 08/12/2013

Supple and distinctive, with meaty overtones to the core of rich currant and coffee flavors, lingering on the polished finish. Drink now through 2018.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 04/19/2013

The Canoe Ridge Estate Cab is a beautifully balanced wine that offers a classic, fresh expression of Horse Heaven Hills fruit. The wine offers black current flavors, hints of sage and elegant tannins.


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