Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2004
“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
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.
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.
Quite possibly the best cabernet under $20. Amazing. Washington state goodness.
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.
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.
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.
A mineral nose, highlighted with licorice and coffee. A bit of a medicinal taste, but a solid fruity cab otherwise. Not bad at all.
External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve
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.