Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate ripe, jammy "New World" style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine really typifies the Wahluke Slope region with up front, dark fruit aromas and flavors with hints of vanilla. Vineyards in the area are more than a decade old now and showing character and complexity.
Wine Spectator - "Polished, round and generous, offering a plush mouthful of blackberry, cherry and mint flavors that ride easily over fine tannins through the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2015."
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 Review3.53.4 out of 5 stars
10 ratings, 5 with reviewsAnonymous - Shreveport, LA37/20/2016Don Pedro Eldero - Kansas City, MO47/1/2016Glenn Harkabus - Palos Heights, IL31/10/2011William Preston - Sugar Land, TX34/18/201254/12/2012
Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL49/23/2010
- Big & Bold
I love the wines from Columbia Valley..especially Cabs and Chardonnays. This is one of my favorite every day Cabs and I particularly enjoyed this vintage. Smells like luscious red fruit, medium-bodied with seamless tannins; Smooth on the palate with raspberry, cherry and a hint of tobacco; Good with and without food. Really great wine at a great price.Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA44/7/2011Yummy, fruit forward, jammy Washington State Cab. Lots of dark fruit and a hint of vanilla - great finish - found 3 bottles locally - recommended!Feng - Washington, DC412/17/2010A balanced and bold taste overall. Signature cab flavor of salty dried plum shows up slightly later among cherry, black berry, and jam. Good bang for the buck. It's probably the cheapest American Cab on wine.com that deserves a solid 90 points.Mobidude - Alamo, CA412/13/2010Very good value. Very dark and Jammy to start and a lot of fruit... and that's the style I like. Good balance and made to be a New-World crowd pleaser.39/30/2010Fruit forward with a hint of vanilla. A nice easy drinker that does not break the budget. There is an initial sweetness but this decreases as the wine breaths. Opens up nicely after 10 to 15 minutes. A nice everyday wine. I will buy more.
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