Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2006
Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Indian Wells
Sweet toasted oak and cinnamon bun lead off the nose which has a slightly jammy underlay of black raspberry and plum with just a hint of ripe herb. Nicely balanced on entry with just a hint of sweetness on entry then this gains nice tension from the tannin. It's a touch soft but the blackberry and candied cherry fruit offers good intensity without being overbearing and while there is decent length it's a touch monolithic and blocky. Easy style. 86pts
This winery caught my eye this year. First it was their Riesling (excellent) and now this one. Although the label says it a Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a blend of 5 different grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon 76%, Syrah 20%, Merlot 2%, Cabernet Franc 1% and Malbec 1%. The sweet toasted oak and cinnamon bun lead off the nose which has a slightly jammy underlay of black raspberry and plum with just a hint of ripe herb. It is nicely balanced on entry and yet has a hint of sweetness which gains nice tension from the tannin. It's a somewhat softer wine due to the blending, but that’s why they blend so as not to be as harsh as some Cabernet Sauvignons. The blackberry and candied cherry fruit offers good intensity without being overbearing, there is decent length to it's touch and tongue. I believe this wine is done in French Oak, and it actually does well if the wine is aerated prior to drinking as to soften lightly the oak, although not objectionable as is. After my first bottle, went out the next day and bought a half case. This wine is drinkable now but probably could get better in another year or two.
A slight note of green peppers on the nose, although the vanilla dominates here. Youthful, with strong tannins - leading to a bitter licorice finish. The wine is brooding in its intensity - deep fruit flavors of figs and blackcurrant. Good structure and one to watch - should be better in a year as it mellows.
Rich nose of sweet plums, cherries and tobacco. Sweet fruity flavors of plums, soft silky tannins, and a nice finish (slightly tart), but very nice.
Decent cabernet - plum flavors meshed with herbs - slight tannic finish - not an outstanding wine by any means, but, a nice selection for having with steak - enjoyed it with some hot sauce added to the steak, seem to enhance the flavors
Lush, bold and fruit forward with shades of blackberry and black licorice. Nice depth and excellent balance. Ready to drink now, but could stand a bit more aging. Fine wine for the price. Fine wine at any price. 89.
Sweet, dry fruit. Flavors of prune and raisins. Very good finish.
Dry, very nice.
External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Indian Wells
Ripe and appealing for its pure currant and plum fruit, resting on a modestly scaled structure. Lingers gently. Drink now through 2012. 166,000 cases made. -HS
Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Canoe Ridge and all other wine from Chateau Ste Michelle are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.
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.
92 points - Wine AdvocateThe saturated purple-colored 2006 Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon also contains small quantities of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Syrah. Sourced from the Canoe Ridge Estate, Cold Creek
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“The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate ripe, jammy, “New World” style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2006 blend really typifies the Wahluke Slope region with up front, dark fruit aromas and flavors with hints of vanilla. Vineyards in the area are more than a decade old now and showing character and complexity.”
|Total Acidity: 5.7 grams per liter|