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2004 Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon "Cold Creek Vineyard"

Chateau Ste Michelle 2004 Chardonnay Cold Creek

Winery: Chateau Ste Michelle

Vintage: 2004

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Cold Creek Vineyard"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Columbia Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $26

Cases produced: 5,000

KWG Score: 90.8 (based on 6 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89.99-87)

Review date: November 19, 2007

Wine Review: This wine evolves quickly in the glass and certainly benefits from decanting. This almost black wine is very aromatic. You could smell it from the decanter on the table. It displays spicy anise like aromas. On the palate, this wine is initially tannic but that fades with some time in the decanter and some swilling. Once it opened up this medium bodied wine is very round, very creamy, and has dusty black cherry flavors. The finish is quite dry, a touch acidic, and stills shows some tannins. This wine would pair perfectly with hearty beef stew. This wine is young and a bit tight, it could benefit from another year in the cellar, however if you can’t resist it is quite good after decanting. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: "Cabernet from this 30-year-old vineyard always delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. I have tried to harness this power into something a little friendlier in the first few years of release, while not taking away from its inherent ability to age...literally wanting my cake and eating it too! Concentrated aromas of pomegranates, blueberries, cocoa and molasses lead to a rich mid-palate with loads of dark chocolate on the finish. This is a classic Cold Creek Vineyard and classic Washington Cabernet. Try prime rib or even lamb with this Cab. There is no limit to the foods that will match this great wine." - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker

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