Thursday, February 7, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Cabernet Sauvignon - Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells

This past fall, on our way to a cruise to Alaska, we spent a great couple of days with friends in Seattle.  Besides other great Seattle sites like the ultra-awesome Pikes Place Market, we visited the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery. I had really only known them for white wines, but our tasting at the winery showed me they were no slouches on the red wine side.  This Indian Wells series of wines has gotten some good press, so since this week's blog postings were Cabernet Sauvignon focused - I thought I give this one a try.

Wine: 2010 Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington State
Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $13.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural Cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Dark purple/red with a water white rim.
Aroma: Not much on the nose - mostly just fruit. It would be tough to identify this as Cabernet Sauvignon if tasting it blind. As I keep up my swirl, I am starting to get a hint of spice and some black licorice - but very faint.
Taste: Taste was mostly fruit, but overall very mild flavor. After the fruit goes away, a bit of spice taste lingers. Just a hint of tannins (mouth drying feeling), and a bit of acidity (mouth watering feeling).  It may open a bit in aroma and taste with some time out of the bottle. I will save some and comment tomorrow if there is anything worth noting in the wine after a day open.

The Grade: I give this one a B.  Nothing wrong with it specifically - so it gets a thumbs up, but not a Cabernet Sauvignon I would try and pair up with a good steak.  It could serve as an everyday drinking wine or wine to serve at a party, but there are some better examples of everyday wine out there for about the same price.  Not enough of the distinctive aromas and more complex flavors that I look for in a Cab at any price point.  For less expensive Cabs, I would recommend trying Chile or Argentina as an alternative - you may be able to get more for your money.

Let me know if you've tried a bottle - and what you think of it!

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