Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon ''Indian Wells'' 2012 is a delicious California white that offers fresh frui...Read more...
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A bit of wood spice greats the nose followed by notes of coffee, rich earth, and liquory black currant fruit with just the faintest herbal top note... Read more
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.... Read more
This wine has berry, chocolate and cinnamon notes and is somewhat simple compared with 2008 and 2009 vintages. Enjoyable but over priced. My rating... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells
A bit of wood spice greats the nose followed by notes of coffee, rich earth, and liquory black currant fruit with just the faintest herbal top note adding some detail. On entry this is rich with a lush, black currant fruit character. The acids keep this bright and the finely managed tannins add some mouth grab to the otherwise seamless feel. There are lovely cigarbox spice notes in the mouth with touch of burnt sugar and s mellow roasted herb tone that weaves through the mid-palate and turns a touch mintier on the backend. The finish is long with refreshing tannins and lingering spice tones that accent the bright, slightly wild fruit on the finale. A well-balanced, yet fairly rich wine that can stand up to richer red meats like grilled steaks and braised dishes. 91pts
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 wine has berry, chocolate and cinnamon notes and is somewhat simple compared with 2008 and 2009 vintages. Enjoyable but over priced. My rating -- 88.
Recently tried a couple of bottles of the 2010 vintage, and really enjoyed them. The wine is full bodied with good fruit, with some oaky spice. Nice finish, and a great value at around $15.00 Would be great with a nice steak or burger.
Merlot based with some Syrah. Very fruit forward and berry filled. Fun, easy drinking
This wine has dark coloring and ripe fruit on the nose. It fills the mouth with blackberry jam followed by a rich spiciness and a long moderate tannic finish.
A decent cab with tannins that are not overly complex, but still nice and smooth. It has a really nice flavor to it. Definitely goes well with dinner.
Decant 1-2 hours minimum, Hot on the nose with notes of molasses. Rich, dark and full of dark bramble fruit, vanilla and baking spices. Long-lasting finish that continues to build as your drink more, full of earthy, ripe fruit. Well-balanced and good structure, can last 2-3 days easily once opened if stored properly.
It is creamy with hints of spice and blackberry on the nose and then becomes becomes more velvety as it opens up with a taste of oak and vanilla. Great wine!
External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells
Fresh and appealing, with pure, light black cherry and herb flavors, lingering gently. The firm tannins should benefit from cellaring. Drink now through 2016.
The popular Indian Wells bottling from Chateau Ste. Michelle includes 10% Syrah, sourced from the Wahluke Slope. The combination is a proven winner. This medium-bodied, fruit-forward wine’s inviting raspberry and cherry flavors are anchored with well-structured tannins.
Bright, saturated ruby-red. Expressive aromas of raspberry, black cherry, redcurrant and coffee. Sweet and a bit reduced, offering moderate depth to its red fruit and sweet vanilla flavors. Not bad but carrying a lot of mocha oak. A wine with modest real definition but good sweetness. A bit blurry on the finish.
The nose opens with black cherries and plums. Medium-bodied; dark and juicy, the palate is full of more cherries, black currants, and dark, juicy berries. The oak contributes just enough richness and helps soften the tannins in the finish. Try with steak or veal.
Grapes are sourced from a collection of warm-climate vineyards that range from the Wahluke Slope to Cold Creek Vineyard, and include the namesake Indian Wells Vineyard. The resulting wines are rich, round, and full-bodied.
Here's a wine from Chateau Ste. Michelle that is just what you've been waiting for. The wineries of Washington's Columbia Valley make outstanding wine but the two grape varietals at which they truly excel are Merlot and Syrah. Well Ste. Michelle matched up those two superstar grapes in this exciting blend. 60% Merlot, 28% Syrah 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and few others for good measure. All sourced from their prime vineyard sites including Indian Wells on the Wahluke Slope and the Canoe Ridge in Horse Heaven Hills. These regions produce consistent high quality, ripe fruit. The wine was carefully fermented and aged 14-16 months in 33% new American oak, and 22% new French oak barrels. It shows bright berry flavors along with dark chocolate, licorice and spices. Supple and lively with a lingering finish. The perfect Washington State match is finally made.
The wine reflects the rich, round, powerful style of Washington fruit, highlighting seven varietals. It is a true example of the art of blending. The wine offers jammy boysenberry flavors from the Syrah with a luscious backbone from the Merlot.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon ''Indian Wells'' 2012 is a delicious California white that offers fresh fruit, citrus, tropical fruit and brown sugar character with rich, creamy texture and a smooth finish. Pairs well with seafood and pasta dishes with rich sauces."Vivid, polished and distinctive, with an apricot tinge to the pear and cream flavors, lifted by delicate acidity. Comes together smoothly on the finish." –HS, Wine Spectator (90 Points)
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