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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 93344)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $13.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"This finely poised Cabernet brings out the best of Washing State, forward but never over the line. Its dark and generous cassis aromas are accented by mocha, while a mineral tension allows the wine to retain finess. For leg of lamb."
-Wines & Spirits

"The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate ripe, jammy Cabernet. The 2005 bottling is no exception. The wine exudes sweet blackberry pie and vanilla aromas and flavors with loads of complexity. This is our big bold, obvious Cabernet and after just two vintages, it has quickly become a fan favorite. Wonderful Cab from such esteemed growers as Indian Wells, Jones, Washington Fruit and even Cold Creek Vineyard are woven together with a little Syrah to make a wine that says boldly 'I'm from Washington."

Meant to enjoy in its youth, try it with shish kabobs, a flat iron steak or even with a nibble of dark chocolate."
- Bob Bertheau, Winemaker

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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.