Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $18

By on October 27, 2014

chateau-ste-michelle-indian-wells-cabernet-sauvignon-nv-bottleFor the second straight year, Bob Bertheau’s red wine team merited our top rating for this Cabernet Sauvignon that’s named for a style rather than Indian Wells Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Their renowned Cold Creek (26%) and Canoe Ridge Estate (7%) vineyards played roles, as did Indian Wells, and the barrel program featured 51% new French and American oak. All those components — and fleshy Syrah (10%) — add up to aromas of toast with blackberry jam, brown sugar, Marionberry, black olive and black pepper. Rich flavors hint at warmed blackberry cobbler and black cherries, while the structure comes with a juicy midpalate and silky tannins — all backed by a finish of bittersweet chocolate. Fortunately, the illustrious and giving 2012 harvest allowed Ste. Michelle to increase production by more than 60 percent while holding the price just beyond “Best Buy” level. Suggested pairings include duck, lamb, veal, stuffed peppers and dark chocolate.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 167,000 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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