Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 2009

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Cabernet from this iconic 40-year-old vineyard consistently delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. This is a dense, decadent wine with great aging potential. The vintage is 100% pure Cabernet with intense dark blackberry and plum fruit flavors and long finish. This is a true steakhouse red!

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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 Cold Creek Vineyard

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Snooth User: Wolle
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3.00 5
06/10/2012

My Rating 86: Disappointing for an Ste. Michelle. The body well balanced ,boring. The nose a little short , although well balanced, elegant. For the price of $ 12 I would not buy this again


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578085,596
2.50 5
06/10/2012

Not a bad cab but nothing that will knock your socks off.


Snooth User: ravenlynne
79564162
3.00 5
09/02/2012

Bright, full bodied. Slightly high on the alcohol. Would not buy again but was satisfactory for a first try.


Snooth User: kriskeimig
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2.50 5
11/02/2011

Not complex but really great for the price point. Surprisingly smooth. Definite tar flavor. I am going to buy a ton for thanksgiving. Perfect for a low price wine to pleasure the guests.


Snooth User: tiborselig
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2.50 5
05/02/2011

Two and a half glasses


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

External Review
09/27/2011

Candied blackberries, waxy dark cherries, spices, tar, and licorice make up the mouth-watering aromatics of the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells. This outstanding wine, which is produced in Bordeaux-like quantities (21,000 cases) is sultry, decadent, and intense. Its suave personality slathers the palate with lush, broad waves of black fruits and tar. Bertheau, who believes, as I do, that texture is paramount in great wines, should be proud of this effort's sensual mouthfeel and supple finish. It may not be complex but boy what pleasure it delivers! Drink this terrific value over the next 5 years.


External Review
05/02/2012

On the lighter side, showing nicely ripe cherry and spice flavors, as well as hints of tobacco on the soft finish. Drink now.


External Review
09/27/2011

This should prove to be quite popular, as it's loaded with blackberry and sweet black cherry fruit flavors. It carries the fruit with stiff but polished tannins, and brings in accents of licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Nothing is overdone; the balance here is just right, and the addition of 16% Syrah brings with it a dash of pepper.


External Review
09/27/2011

Polished, round and generous, offering a plush mouthful of blackberry, cherry and mint flavors that ride easily over fine tannins through the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
09/27/2011

Ripe, soft and generous, appealing for its earth-scented currant flavors, finishing with a firm layer of tannins. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
05/02/2012

Spice mdash; a hint of tobacco, a hint of milk chocolate mdash; gives way to a ripe set of fruit flavors in this big shouldered, thoroughly seductive red. The texture is driven by fine, peppery tannins, which stem the tide of ripe, plummy fruit, giving the wine a touch of elegance even as it remains irresistible. Itrsquo;s drinking beautiful now; a by-the-case buy.


External Review
07/06/2011

Winemaker's Notes - The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate, ripe, jammy New World style of Cabernet Sauvignon. Vineyards in the area are more than a decade old now and showing character and complexity. This lush wine reveals fruit-forward blackberry and cherry flavors and dark fruit aromas.


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Tasting Notes:

Our goal with the Columbia Valley Cabernet is to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is our inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It’s also very versatile with food--try it with beef, pork or pasta.

Cabernet from this iconic 40-year-old vineyard consistently delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. This is a dense, decadent wine with great aging potential. The vintage is 100% pure Cabernet with intense dark blackberry and plum fruit flavors and long finish. This is a true steakhouse red!

7,200 cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.54 grams per liter

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