Chateau Ste. Michelle Druthers Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Limited Release 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

• Ripe grapes were destemmed and underwent a slow and gentle fermentation in efforts to maximize the rich extract without introducing any harsh tannins. • Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal fl avor 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 fi nd the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins. • The wine was unfi ned and unfi ltered.

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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

Tasting Notes:

The 2009 Druthers Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold and assertive wine that exhibits intense dark fruit aromas and fl avors. We blended Druthers to be a powerful wine with layers of complexity. On the palate, there is incredible fruit concentration and robust, yet balanced tannins that linger on the fi nish.

• Ripe grapes were destemmed and underwent a slow and gentle fermentation in efforts to maximize the rich extract without introducing any harsh tannins. • Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal fl avor 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 fi nd the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins. • The wine was unfi ned and unfi ltered.

178 cases produced.

Notes: Aged in 100% New French oak for 20 months. The barrels for this wine were specially selected extra fi ne grain oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 16.0% pH: 3.86
Total Acidity: 0.53 grams per liter

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