2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1230551 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *#28 in the Top 100 Best Buys 2015* The aromas offer notes of boysenberry, herb and barrel spices, with the Syrah blended in (11%) showing itself. The blue and black fruit flavors are lush and fruit forward, with soft tannins, a silky mouthfeel and a sustained sense of balance. It drinks best at a cool 62 degrees.  (11/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buys* Fresh and expressive, deftly balanced and juicy, with raspberry and cherry flavors supported by hints of cinnamon and pepper. The finish persists against nubby tannins. Drink now through 2020.  (11/2015)

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2015 | Send Email
Chateau Ste. Michelle is a truly historic winery in Washington State and while their wines may be a bit ubiquitous it certainly doesn’t mean that they don’t warrant your attention. Case in point is the 2013 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is one of the best Cabernets I’ve seen this year around $10. Who cares if they make boatload of it, it just means there is more out there for us bargain hunters to scoop up.
With aromas of flint, wet stone, a building dark chocolate tone and pipe tobacco this wine is extremely rewarding in it seriousness. Layered and accessible this plush wine is like crushed velvet on entry with pastilles, rare beef, lavender, plum and more tobacco. Classy an refined with shocking balance, pinpoint ripeness and lush oak it seems to easily escape all the pitfalls of “cheap” Cabernet. A wine that needs to be tasted to believed.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2015 | Send Email
Wow, this wine really caught my attention. Superb depth, balance and a palate spectrum that has lots of fruit but blended with some earth, leather and a little tannic structure. Then I looked at the price! Holy cow, what a bargain for the price!
Drink from 2015 to 2018

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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.
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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.
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Washington

- 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.