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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells 2012

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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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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 Indian Wells

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Snooth User: Zuiko
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3.00 5
07/09/2014

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.


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells

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Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

The Indian Wells Cabernet is a warm climate ripe, jammy “New World” style of Cabernet Sauvignon from Ste. Michelle. The wine typifies the Wahluke Slope region with dark fruit aromas and flavors. Syrah added an enhanced richness and concentration to the wine. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, ripe grapes were destemmed and sorted with a grape receiving and separation system designed to gently deliver fruit to the fermenters, allowing for pure varietal expression and soft mouthfeel. Gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. Aged for 16 months in 51% new American and French oak barrels.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
01/27/2015

The Indian Wells Cabernet is a warm climate ripe, jammy “New World” style of Cabernet Sauvignon from Ste. Michelle. The wine typifies the Wahluke Slope region with dark fruit aromas and flavors. Syrah added an enhanced richness and concentration to the wine. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, ripe grapes were destemmed and sorted with a grape receiving and separation system designed to gently deliver fruit to the fermenters, allowing for pure varietal expression and soft mouthfeel. Gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. Aged for 16 months in 51% new American and French oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast Magazine said "For a few dollars more than the regular CSM Cabernet, the Indian Wells delivers extra density and complexity. It holds firm, dark fruits and is slightly grainy, but well-ripened tannins carry the wine, and it’s less dependent upon oak treatments and flavors of vanilla and cream. Persistent and substantial, it’s offers good value."



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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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