2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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93 points and one of Wine & Spirits 100 Best Buys of 2011: "Spice-a hint of tobacco, a hint of milk chocolate-gives way to a ripe set of fruit flavors in this big shouldered, thoroughly seductive red. The texture is driven by fine, peppery tannins, which stem the tide of ripe, plummy fruit, giving the wine a touch of elegance even as it remains irrestible. It's drinking beautifully now; a by-the-case buy." (06/11) A solid, everyday Cab that's instantly accessible from a great vintage, and that's lower in alcohol than many of its Napa Valley counterparts. A unique blend, this wine is dominated by Cab, but it is also subtly influenced by the inclusion of 9% Syrah, 7% Merlot, 3% Mourvedre, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% each Malbec and Grenache. Aged for 16 months in 32% new French oak, this has supple tannins and lots of Cab character, with plush fruit, meaty undertones and a healthy dollop of spice. Enjoy this plush wine wiith blue cheese burgers or duck mole.

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2011 | Send Email
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Watch out Napa Valley! This wine definitely over-delivers for only $10.99 a bottle. I can't remember the last time I tasted an inexpensive Cabernet Sauvignon from anywhere else that can match the value you get in the 2008 Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Spice, red cherry and cola notes on the nose give way to a vibrant palate of red fruits and hints of mocha and dried herbs. The finish has lift and life and will pair marvelously with pizza and pasta dishes.
Top Value! Drink from 2011 to 2014

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.