Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
Cabernet from this iconic 35-year-old vineyard always delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. This is a dense wine with great aging potential. Fruit is the star of the show for our Cold Creek Cabernet!
Varietal Blend: 87% Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Syrah
Wine Enthusiast - "The Cabernet from Cold Creek is not only old vine, but in terms of tightness and definition, it suggests that it may be one of the most ageworthy wines of the vintage from Washington State. This new vintage blends 10% Merlot and 3% Syrah, and the wine is detailed with iron filings, pepper, bark, and dried earth notes. The fruit is tight, tart and racy-a suggestion of wild berry and spicy plum."
The Wine Advocate - "The purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard contains 10% Merlot and 3% Syrah and was aged for 21 months in 57% new French and American oak. It displays a bouquet of balsam wood, pepper, rosemary, violets, black currant, and blackberry. More structured than the Canoe Ridge cuvee, it has 3-4 years of aging potential. A bit of patience will be required. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright full ruby. Cassis, black raspberry, violet and licorice on the very ripe nose; more floral than the Canoe Ridge Estate bottling but showed a lightly porty quality with extended aeration. Moderately sweet and suave on the palate, with noteworthy purity to the dark berry and menthol flavors. Not as open-knit today as the Canoe Ridge, and showing less in the way of obvious sweetness, but there's impressive texture and richness here. The tannins build on the back, reaching the incisors. 91(+?) points."
Wine Spectator - "Features firm tannins up front, but the suppleness underneath carries polished blueberry and currant fruit past hints of sage and spice notes. Finishes with grace. Drink now through 2015. 9,000 cases made."
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.
Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts. View all Chateau Ste. Michelle Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4.54.7 out of 5 stars
6 ratings, 1 with reviewSparky G - Simsbury, CT510/13/2011This is an outstanding wine! WE-93 rating is right in line with my tastes. Poured through an aerator and allowed to breathe for 10-minutes this vintage is heavenly! I am buying more...57/6/2012GNorton - Las Vegas, NV412/21/2011Ehtisham Rabbani - Oakland, CA511/2/2011Badbruddah - Valencia, CA410/14/2011tr_pnw - Mount Vernon, WA57/18/2011