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Chateau Sainte Michelle - Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard 2013

Information

  • Country: USA
  • Wine Region: Washington
  • Wine Maker: Bob Bertheau
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grape Percentage: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Alcohol Percentage: 15%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2022
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2013) VS: 91+ (2013) WS: 87 (2013) WE: 91 (2011)

Wine tasting notes

Winemaker's comments -““ Cabernet from this iconic 35-year-old vineyard always delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. This is a dense wine with great aging potential. This vintage is nearly pure Cabernet (99%) with intense dark fruit and long finish. I call this my steakhouse red!”

Winery Information

Chateau Sainte 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.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)92 pts

The inky colored 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard checks in as 100% Cabernet and saw 22 months in 64% French and American oak. Ripe, sexy, textured and with real density, it gives up lots of chocolate, caramelized plum, vanilla bean, and currant-like aromas and flavors. It has the texture to drink nicely even today, but I’m sure it will keep for at least a decade.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)91+ pts

(from a 1973 planting at a density of just 700 plants per acre, which produce barely three tons per acre in a good year; 77% new American and French oak): Dark ruby-red. Black cherry, licorice, dark chocolate and some sexy oaky high tones on the nose. Suave, oak-influenced flavors of blackcurrant, mocha, espresso and licorice are a bit medicinal in a positive way. Finishes with densely packed, fine-grained, horizontal tannins and surprising lift for a wine from this hot, precocious site. The silty, warm soils here typically yield rich, jammy fruit, according to McKee. -- Stephen Tanzer

Wine Spectator (2013)87 pts

Generous and expressive, with spicy plum and cherry flavors at the core, picking up a hint of coffee as the finish persists against nubby tannins.

Wine Enthusiast (2011)91 pts

Editor's Choice - Production of this single-vineyard Cabernet tripled in 2011, perhaps a nod to the quality that this hot site brings to the grapes in a very cool vintage. Great focus is evident in the deeply flavored cassis fruit. It’s accented by barrel spice, earth, cedar and espresso, well-integrated and showing the structure for which the vineyard is known. — P.G. (11/1/2014)

Vinification Notes

Ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal fl avor and color and minimize harsh tannins. Frequent airative racking takes place during barrel aging to soften tannins and enhance mouthfeel. Underwent prolonged malolactic fermentation in barrels for better complexity and integration. Aged for 21months in French (45%) and American (12%) oak, 57% new.