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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


SKU 16291



Winemaker's Notes

Cabernet from this iconic 45-year-old vineyard consistently deliverspower, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. The wine offersblack cherry flavors and chocolate notes with typical Cold Creekdensity and user friendly power. This is 100% Cabernet becauseCold Creek Cab shines on its own.

Category Red Wine
Country United States
Region Washington
Appellation Columbia Valley
Brand Chateau Ste. Michelle
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • agv91

Vinous"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. Rating: 91+"

  • we91

Wine Enthusiast"This 100% varietal from one of the state’s oldest vineyards brims with aromas of dark roasted coffee, char, bittersweet chocolate and black cherry. Flavors show plenty of concentration and depth with a lingering, cocoa and vanilla-filled finish."

  • was90

Wine & Spirits "Here’s a cabernet with sumptuous oak accents, from cedar to caramel and coffee. The structure is oak-driven as well, an ample frame for the dark plum and cassis elements provided by Cold Creek, one of Ste. Michelle’s older estate vineyards."

  • wa90

Wine Advocate "Also impressive, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard comes from vines planted in 1973 and a south-facing, warm site located in the Columbia Valley. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged 21 months in 77% new French and American oak, it has outstanding notes of black raspberries, smoked meats, a hint of minerality and ground herbs. Medium to full-bodied, pure, elegant and nicely concentrated, it has a forward, delicious and balanced feel that makes it ideal for drinking over the coming 7-8 years."

  • ws88

Wine SpectatorBright and jazzy, with a blast of cherry, mint, blackberry and spice playing against tangy acidity on a sinewy frame and persisting on the lively finish. Drink now through 2020. 13,800 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, October 15, 2015

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