2004 marks Bob Bertheau's first red wine harvest for Chateau Ste.
Michelle, where he managed the red winemaking from start to finish
for the first time. His goal is to produce a softer mouthfeel and
enhanced complexity in the red wines, while highlighting the power
and concentration of Cold Creek fruit.
"Cabernet from this 30-year-old vineyard always delivers power, structure
and rich concentrated black fruit. I have tried to harness this power into
something a little friendlier in the first few years of release, while not taking
away from its inherent ability to age...literally wanting my cake and eating
it too! Concentrated aromas of pomegranates, blueberries, cocoa and
molasses lead to a rich mid-palate with loads of dark chocolate on the
finish. This is a classic Cold Creek Vineyard and classic Washington
Cabernet. Try prime rib or even lamb with this Cab. There is no limit
to the foods that will match this great wine."
- Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker