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Chateau Ste. Michelle 'Indian Wells' Cabernet 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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

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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

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle 'Indian Wells' Cabernet

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 05/27/2010

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/19/2009

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


Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle 'Indian Wells' Cabernet

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Snooth User: Zuiko
540750833
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 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.


Snooth User: wguy7947
115536764
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/18/2012

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.


Snooth User: Ron5953
634884297
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 04/03/2012

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 02/14/2013

Merlot based with some Syrah. Very fruit forward and berry filled. Fun, easy drinking


Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,742
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 02/03/2013

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.


3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 12/26/2012

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.


Snooth User: babyubu1
180734869
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/14/2018

Four and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle 'Indian Wells' Cabernet

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/25/2018

Tasting Notes: The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate ripe, jammy ‘New World’ style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine offers dark fruit aromas and flavors. Syrah contributes richness and concentration to the wine. - Bob Bertheau, Winemaker Vintage: • The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington state. • Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest. • Overall, 2015 saw optimal ripening across varieties and yielded outstanding wines throughout the region. Vineyards: • 45% of the fruit came from the Horse Heaven Hills and 22% from Wahluke Slope. • Fruit from our Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge Estate vineyards also contributed to the blend. Winemaking: • Ripe grapes were destemmed and sorted with a cutting-edge 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. • Each individual fermentation tank is tasted daily to evaluate the development of the tannins and structure and find the right moment to drain the wine from the skins. • Aged for 20 months in 51% new French and American oak barrels. Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Syrah Alcohol: 14.5% TA: 0.56 g/100ml pH: 3.86


External Review
Vintage: 2012 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."


External Review
Vintage: 2012 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
Vintage: 2011 12/22/2013

Fresh and appealing, with pure, light black cherry and herb flavors, lingering gently. The firm tannins should benefit from cellaring. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 12/25/2013

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 12/22/2013

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/28/2012

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.


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