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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2006

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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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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

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Indian Wells

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.00 5
06/19/2009

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


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Snooth User: Hogfan551
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0.00 5
03/17/2010

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.

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Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
06/19/2009

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.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
05/10/2009

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.

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  • Snooth User: bosoxfan23
    479256192
    3.50 5
    06/13/2011

    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


    Snooth User: KentuckyHillbilly
    357168147
    3.50 5
    01/25/2010

    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.


    Snooth User: alisaglem
    191845109
    3.50 5
    06/19/2009

    Sweet, dry fruit. Flavors of prune and raisins. Very good finish.


    Snooth User: Tradebar
    22095145
    4.00 5
    11/20/2009

    Dry, very nice.


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    External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Indian Wells

    External Review
    03/16/2010

    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.


    External Review
    11/25/2009

    WS: 87 Points


    External Review
    Source: CityWineCellar.com
    10/15/2009

    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.


    External Review
    05/17/2010

    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


    External Review
    Source: CityWineCellar.com
    04/12/2011

    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


    External Review
    Source: CityWineCellar.com
    04/12/2011

    89 Points - Wine SpectatorRipe and lively on a light frame, offering plenty of apricot and pear flavors against a nice line of acidity, which keeps this refreshing through the generous finish. - Fe



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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.”

    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

    Wine Specs:

    Total Acidity: 5.7 grams per liter

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