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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 90494)
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 2% Merlot

2004 marked 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 was to produce a softer mouthfeel and enhanced complexity for the red wines, while highlighting the elegance of Canoe Ridge Estate fruit.

The 2004 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet delivers black cherry fruit, spicy oak, leather and sweet caramel characters. Its soft, elegant, slightly dusty finish is typical of Canoe Ridge Estate. This wine shows the more "subtle" side of Washington Cabernet. It doesn't hit you over the head, but rather gently entices you with seductive fruit and spice layers.

Try this with penne pasta marinara or veal scaloppini. Those slightly "dusty Tuscan" tannins are a great match with Italian foods.

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

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.