Charles Smith Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
Vineyards: 65% Alder Ridge Vineyard —atop a series of arid ridges rising 1000 ft from the Columbia River; volcanic soils. 25% Milbrandt Vineyard—farmed by the Milbrandt family on the Wahlke Slope; steep south facing slope. 6% Frenchman Hills Vineyard—on the famed Royal Slope in the Columbia Valley; steep south facing slope. 2.5% Upland Farms—farmed by the Milbrandt family in the foothills of the Saddle Mountains; deep silt loam. 1.5% Jones Vineyard —farmed by the Milbrandt family in the Columbia Valley; steep south facing slope; lacustine silts over Ellensburg formation, high pH soil.
Tasting Notes: Delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromatics galore—cigar box, pencil lead, cedar and currants with super refined tannins and a long, fine finish. French? No. Chateau Smith? OUI!
Wine Spectator - "Lithe, elegant and nicely focused to show off its bright raspberry and cherry fruit. Lightly veiled in fine tannins, picking up white pepper and cinnamon notes on the lively finish. Drink now through 2015."
Charles Smith Winery
First there was K Vintners, then the Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings you his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project is a response to how people generally consume wine today, that is immediately…as in immediately after being purchased at a market, restaurant or bar, to be drunk straight away. Wine in this category is typically either simple, or is a wine that would be much better a few years down the road. 'Modernist Project' wines are about putting as much into the bottle as possible. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity with regards to variety—that is merlot that tastes like merlot—and to the vineyard—wine that tastes like where it was grown. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and true to their place of origin. View all Charles Smith 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.
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Washington State is exploding onto the world’s wine scene. The second largest wine-producing region in the United States, the number of wineries has more than doubled in the past decade to more than 900 today. The great majority of the state’s 50,000+ acres of vineyards are grown on the east side of the Cascade mountains, where they enjoy 300+ days of sunshine a year, well-draining soils and a diurnal shift ideal for wine grapes.
Washington is not defined by a single grape variety, with nearly 70 varieties to explore. Out of these, the top five are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Syrah. Winemakers and grape growers are driven by a pioneering spirit, and aren’t afraid to experiment with new techniques in an ever-growing quest to make world-class wine. With a state-of-the-art research program, near-perfect growing conditions and the possibility for exponential growth – Washington State is proving itself to be a force to be reckoned with.
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3 ratings, 1 with review36/24/2011Imewine - Harrisburg, PA31/6/2011Cheryl St.Clair - Lakeview, OR41/19/2011I am partial to Washington wines. When I got this the first thought was it probably isn't much; it's a screw top. It was very good on day one, and after setting in the refrigerator for a day or two it was still good. I am a wine novice, but I really liked this one.