Friday, May 24, 2013

Review: **** $$ Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, WA, 2010 = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon.

By way of background, opening thoughts:  I do like Columbia Valley, Washington, cabernet sauvignons.  I really enjoyed the 2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon, to which I awarded four stars and gave a "best value designation" in my review last year here.  Now we're a year later (a year wiser too?) and let's give a try to the 2010 vintage.

Original tasting and review : This is Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, WA, 2010, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep bloody burgundy red.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, rich, deeply veined red and black fruit with sweet cinnamon.  From the aroma, seems like this will be hefty, sweet and layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact lush, toned, slightly cedar-laced black fruit, with ample supporting tannin structure.  Finish is both bright and deep, bold and slowly-finishing.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and seems to becoming a perennial best value at approximately three years from vintage date.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon.

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