Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah
$163.83 / case(12)
Tasting notes the indian wells cabernet is our warm climate ripe jammy “new world” style of cabernet sauvignon. The wine typifies the wahluke slope region with dark fruit aromas and flavors. Syrah added an enhanced richness and concentration to the wine.” bob bertheau winemaker vintage 2014 in eastern washington was one of the warmest seasons in decades. The ripening period in september cooled to more typical weather for the region. In october temperatures rose again to one of the warmest october months on record. Overall 2014 was an ideal growing season; ripening was excellent for all varieties in all locations. Vineyards nearly 40 percent of the fruit came from vineyards in washigton’s wahluke slope ava including our indian wells vineyard. The wahluke slope is a warm region and a consistent producer of ripe concentrated fruit yielding wine with intense color and flavor. Fruit from our cold creek and canoe ridge estate vineyards also contributed to the blend. Winemaking ripe grapes were destemmed and sorted with a cutting-edge grape receiving and separation system designed to gently deliver fruit to the fermenters allowing for pure varietal expression and soft mouthfeel. Gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. Each individual fermentation tank is tasted daily to evaluate the developement of the tannins and structure and find the right moment to drain the wine from the skins. Aged for 14 months in 51% new french and american oak barrels.” – chateau ste. Michelle
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