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2013 Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon "Columbia Valley"

Winery: Chateau Ste Michelle

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Columbia Valley"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah, 5% Merlot, & 4% Other Red Varieties

Region: Columbia Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $15

Cases produced: 326,000

KWG Score: 90.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: November 1, 2016

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State opens with a fragrant blueberry and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a black cherry and mild oak blend with notes of black plum. I also detected a hint of black licorice and dash of black pepper in the background. The finish is dry and its flavors and mild tannins are subtle. This is a friendly Cab that would pair well with sliders. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: We craft our Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is an inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. It’s also very versatile with food. I like this wine with beef tenderloin and pasta.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

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