Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

By on July 12, 2013

Chateau Ste Michelle makes Cabernet Sauvignon from its estate Cold Creek Vineyard in Washington's Columbia Valley.Cold Creek Vineyard was planted in the early 1970s. In 1978, nearly the entire vineyard was lost to a devastatingly cold winter, but Ste. Michelle replanted, and now Cold Creek is one of the winery’s true gems. This classic Cab from winemaker Bob Bertheau is a tribute to the superb fruit that comes from Cold Creek, which is north of the Yakima Valley. It opens with aromas of mint, smoke, maple syrup and boysenberry, followed by rich flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, tarragon, blackberry and strawberry-rhubarb pie. It’s backed with fine-grained tannins that provide a long finish and stay out of the way. This is a rich, decadent wine.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 5,000 cases

Alcohol: 15%

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