2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Year in and year out, the Cold Creek Vineyard sources perhaps the most ageworthy, perfectly structured Cabernet in the entire Ste. Michelle portfolio. In 2008 the alcohol hits 15%, yet the tight, dense, cassis-laden body of the wine is intact, with an appropriate hint of herb. The length and balance once again suggest a wine that has decades of life ahead.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Sweet, inviting aromas of black raspberry, mocha, minerals, tobacco and mint complemented by ripe soil tones. Silky on entry, then sexy and seamless in the middle, with concentrated flavors of cassis, black plum and dark chocolate. At once plush and shapely, with ripe acidity giving the wine an impression of refinement. The ripe tannins reach the front teeth on the long finish, with violet and menthol elements providing lift. A lovely classy Cabernet.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard spent 21 months in 82% new French and American oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it is a brooding offering that reluctantly gives up notes of Asian spices, incense, cedar, leather, black currant, and blackberry. This sets the stage for a dense, layered, and structured wine with 3-4 years of aging potential. Drink this classy effort from 2014 to 2023. (90+)
Firm in texture, with chewy tannins around the core of tobacco-accented currant and floral flavors, finishing with finesse. Best from 2013 through 2016.