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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

“The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate ripe, jammy Cabernet. The 2005 bottling is no exception. The wine exudes sweet blackberry pie and vanilla aromas and flavors with loads of complexity. This is our big bold, obvious Cabernet and after just two vintages, it has quickly become a fan favorite. Wonderful Cab from such esteemed growers as Indian Wells, Jones, Washington Fruit and even Cold Creek Vineyard are woven together with a little Syrah to make a wine that says boldly ‘I’m from Washington.’ Meant to enjoy in its youth, try it with shish kabobs, a flat iron steak or even with a nibble of dark chocolate.” -Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker

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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 Reserve

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.00 5
08/30/2010

A dark ruby-colored wine, moderate and balanced tannins, fruit, and sugar are pleasant on the palate without being too overpowering. Vanilla and cherry on the nose.


Snooth User: Adam Levin
772801,757
2.50 5
10/03/2008

Nice, soft cabernet. Very approachable and balanced. A little red fruit that is typical of Columbia Valley, but this is a very universally appealing style of wine. A bit medicinal. The wine does not develop much in the glass.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
5.00 5
09/03/2008

Quite possibly the best cabernet under $20. Amazing. Washington state goodness.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.50 5
01/23/2008

Rich notes of chocolate and cherry on the nose. A touch of ethanol, but the bottle had just been opened. Nice minerality with licorice and fennel notes. Very jammy, in fact maybe overly so. An intense blueberry finish.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.50 5
03/16/2008

As before - a very rich fruit forward wine. Good value for money. Firm bodied, but balanced by the warm chocolate and cherry notes. Still hot on the nose (1 hour after opening), but nice.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.50 5
10/03/2008

Still hot! Its 2004 so I was hoping the edge would fade by now. They claim its 13.7%, but there's a generous margin of error here... Still would benefit from standing or decanting to allow the ethanol to blow off. Once you are past the heat, however, this is a very decent wine. Very fruity, rich with good structure to balance it. Overall I'd say the fruit is a bit overripe and comes over slightly medicinal, but its not too potent. Still a good buy, and a good pairing with hearty dishes: steak, pies, curries etc.

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  • Snooth User: Philip James
    112,550
    3.00 5
    08/11/2008

    A mineral nose, highlighted with licorice and coffee. A bit of a medicinal taste, but a solid fruity cab otherwise. Not bad at all.


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    External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve

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    01/03/2010

    winemaker's notes: A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah and 1% Malbec. The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate ripe, jammy New World style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine 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. Pair with stuffed peppers, bleu cheese, duck, beef, veal, lamb and dark chocolate. Herbs such as mustard, paprika, rosemary and thyme also pair nicely as well as spices such as allspice, clove, ginger, mace and nutmeg.



    “The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate ripe, jammy Cabernet. The 2005 bottling is no exception. The wine exudes sweet blackberry pie and vanilla aromas and flavors with loads of complexity. This is our big bold, obvious Cabernet and after just two vintages, it has quickly become a fan favorite. Wonderful Cab from such esteemed growers as Indian Wells, Jones, Washington Fruit and even Cold Creek Vineyard are woven together with a little Syrah to make a wine that says boldly ‘I’m from Washington.’ Meant to enjoy in its youth, try it with shish kabobs, a flat iron steak or even with a nibble of dark chocolate.” -Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker

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