Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Ethos Reserve 2007
Ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal fl avor and color and minimize harsh tannins. The pumpovers can vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment is tasted every day to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques and fi nd the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins. Aged for 22 months in American (43%) and French (50%) oak, 93% new. Frequent airative racking took place during barrel aging to soften tannins and enhance mouthfeel.
Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Ethos Reserve
This is rather restrained on the nose with toasty, cedary wood spice notes over a bed of black cherry and black currant fruit with a hint of blueberry. Big and rich in the mouth this has tons of fruit without being overtly fruity, in fact the fruit sneaks up on you slowly revealing sweet black cherry pie filling notes backed up by gentle suggestions of tomato leaf and black spices. The acids are very well covered and the tannins add a subtle tactile impression on the mid-palate as well a s a bit of spice on the backend. There’s a little toasty nuttiness on he finish as well as a hint of roasted coffee bean all joined by cassis fruit. This is a big, opulent wine yet it remains very finely balanced and offers lovely complexity. 92pts
Food Pairings for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Ethos Reserve
“Our goal with the Ethos Cabernet is to showcase the power and richness of Washington fruit combined with an Old World elegance. Fruit from our iconic Cold Creek vineyard contributed weight and provided the foundation for the wine. Cabernet from the Wahluke Slope contributed a luscious jammy sweet mid-palate and Cabernet from our Canoe Ridge Estate vineyard provided an added layer of complexity.” -Bob Bertheau, Winemaker
|Alcohol: 14.8%||pH: 3.84|
|Total Acidity: 5.6 grams per liter|