Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Indian We 2007
Ripe grapes were destemmed, crushed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor 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 find the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins. Aged for 18-20 months in predominately new American and French oak to enhance the sweet mid-palate of the Wahluke Slope fruit. Syrah from the Wahluke Slope contributed an enhanced jammy fruit character to the win
When I say it, I mean it! Chateau Ste Michelle makes great wine. What a mighty fine vintage was 2007 in WA. Indian Wells is a warm site, so this wine tends to be more lush than other CSM wines. If you like Napa, check this out.
This one is definitely jammy, it has flavors of blackberry and cherry. It's nose is one of deep dark fruit flavor with a touch of vanilla. It fills the mouth with full fruit flavor, goes down smooth and has a great finish. It's a bit oakey but not overdone, the tannins were pleasing. This wine is a reward of God's blessing on grapes
i wish i could say this is as good as the 05 even the 06 but its not. hopefully next year will get better
The 2007 is the best vintage of Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells cabernet I have tasted to date... It is significantly better than the 06 and has all the promise that all the 07 washington state reds are showing.. It has all the bells and whisles of an expensive napa cab and even though drinking well now I am sure it will lay down well and improve more in the bottle. Cabernet is the favorite wine of the winemaker at Chateau Ste Michelle and it shows in the 2007 Indian wells ... imo you don't need to invest in the Ethos reserve series to get a tasty cab when this wine is available at less than half that price. In fact imo its an evaluation of palate extrordinare comparing the 06 to the 07. The style is similar the substance is very different. It reminds me of the 70 BV latour reserve when it was to early to drink. Unlike the 06, the juice of the 07 is destined for greatness. It will be worth a LOT more in a few years.
mineraly, spicy nose with hints of vanilla. pleasant front palate, harsh mid and rear palate with few lasting notes to speak of. would be good with a hearty meal but not an ideal drinking wine.
Just to much oak, as usual in american wines. Unfortunately...
Excellent now but should improve for a few years to come. Complex. Nice acidity. Long finish on the pallet. Nice hints of vanilla. We paired this with some grilled bacon wrapped filet mignon and it went down like silk. The Wahluke Slope AVA is definitely putting out some amazing stuff these days.
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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.
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“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.”