Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Planted by vineyard manager Mimi Nye in 1991, our vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate has grown before our eyes to produce more concentrated and opulent wines. This wine shows amazing intensity to go with ripe cherry fruit. The Canoe Ridge Estate Cab is a beautifully balanced wine that is a classic expression of Washington fruit.
"Supple, ripe and generous, with a black pepper note weaving harmoniously through the focused black cherry and toast flavors that push through fine tannins on the refined finish. Drink now through 2016."
"A fine bottle-full, fleshy, immediately throwing out dense aromatics with toast and roaste coffee and bitter chocolate components. A deep vein of black cherry and cassis keeps the core tight and focused, and a small splash of Syrah adds the scent of black pepper."
"For thoughts on Chateau Ste Michelle’s uniqueness and recent evolution, consult my extensive April, 2013 text designed to introduce recent tasting notes. The Ste. Michelle 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Canoe Ridge Estate is unblended save for a touch of Syrah such as finds its way into many of this winery's otherwise Bordelais blends. Aged in diverse barrels 60% of which were new but are thankfully discreet, this displays the ripe dark cherry fruit with piquancy and cut of berry pip and skin and rich savor of blond tobacco, nut oils, dark chocolate, and nutmeg. The combination here of textural caress with vivacity is noteworthy – no doubt reflecting this relatively cool, prolonged growing season and windy, riverside location – and hints of salt and iodine add invigoration and saliva-inducement to a satisfyingly-sustained finish."
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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.
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