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2007 Château Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon, Cold Creek Vineyard, Washington State

I didn’t have many American red wines recently and so, when I bought myself a juicy American Rib Eye Steak for dinner, I let myself convince by the supermarket wine guy to match it with a Washington State Cabernet by Château Ste. Michelle. “We recently had a tasting of red wines here, where people just bought this wine case-wise”, he said. My choice was made, and I put the bottle of Argentina Malbec I’ve held in my other hand back on the shelve . Yes, I was definitely into a “New World” mode that night.

Back home, I threw my steak into the pan and pulled the cork. No decanting, just straight pouring into a large glass was my way of operation that evening. I was first impressed by a truly dark, nearly black robe, definitely an eye-catcher, but also suggesting a “dangerously” high degree of ripeness.

Then, I encountered a sweet nose of blueberries, also with a slight glue note at first, but then, some herbs and tar  accounting for depth but also pretty obvious notes of vanilla/custard powder. On the palate, the sweetness of blueberries and blackcurrant is there as well, laid in a fine structure of powder-like tannins with good grip. The wine appears mouth-filling and with good weight, the 14,5% alcohol are not as prominent as I would have thought and there’s even a good bit of freshness in the finish. Finish is long.

A satisfying wine, that went very well with the steak. A structure and texture that hit the spot and good harmony considering fruit sweetness and high alcohol are the defining factors of this wine. Maybe I was missing a little bit of complexity for the price of around 30 Euro, but then again, this wine still has a few years ahead.

2007 Château Ste Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard

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  1. Christian G.E. Schiller Said,

    Chateau Ste Michelle also makes one of the best US Rieslings – Eroica – http://schiller-wine.blogspot.com/2011/05/doctor-made-house-call-tasting-with.html a joint venture with Ernst Loosen from Germany

  2. Blindtaster Said,

    True! I tried the Eroica about 5 years ago, here’s my own report about it http://blindtastingclub.net/blind-tastings-and-the-likes/riesling-blindtasting-session/

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