2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle "50th Anniversary Edition" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1431427 93 points Decanter

 A 50th anniversary special bottling, this has a touch of Napa Valley about it in the rich palate, balanced with Left Bank structure, tannins and restrained oak influence. (AH)

K&L Notes

87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. We craft our Columbia Valley Cabernet 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. Enjoy it with beef tenderloin or pasta. Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including our Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate, and Indian Wells vineyards."


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/3/2019 | Send Email
Deliciously drinkable Cabernet that is beautifully executed in a very classic style. Chateau Ste. Michelle are a true stalwart of Washington wine and have fantastic mature vineyards across the Columbia Valley. Year after year they consistently produce some of the region's top quality wines at very reasonable prices. This bottling is a perfect example of that. It's a special selection of their Columbia Valley Cabernet bottled in Magnum format to celebrate their 50th vintage. The winery priced it at $50! The wine shows a nice combination of red and black fruits: blackberry, redcurrant, plum, cedar, cigar box. Medium bodied with a nice texture and weight but not at all sweet. I think this could pass for a solid bottle of Haut-Medoc from Bordeaux. It's very food friendly too. With this ridiculous deal on a delicious Magnum of Cabernet - consider the bulk of your holiday gift shopping done! This commemorative 50th Anniversary bottling from Chateau Ste. Michelle is perfect for gifting and way over-delivers for the price. A great-looking label, a crowd-pleasing Cab and a stunningly low price.
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By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2019 | Send Email
This is a beautiful bottle in honor of the 50th anniversary of Chateau Ste. Michelle. While this is not the most complex bottling of Cabernet we have on the shelves, it is delicious and easy drinking and a phenomenal deal for this large format (especially when the winery sells it for $50). This is a great choice for a party or a weekend away. Columbia Valley is consistently producing some great Cabernets and is the place to watch for affordable, quality wines.
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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/20/2019 | Send Email
Bold fruit without becoming jammy, this 50th Anniversary Cab rocks blueberry, blackberry, leather, and pepper on the nose. The fruit is concentrated, intense, and dark. The palate is very dry with dehydrated cherries. curry spice, and black licorice. Decanter gave this 93 points, and this wine will pair perfectly with duck, grilled meats, strong cheese, or dark chocolates.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5