In the realm of new world regions, Chateau Ste. Michelle is truly a timeless classic, the founding winery of Washington State. Established in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle pioneered vinifera grape growing in Washington State and has been producing top class European varietal wines under the Chateau Ste. Michelle label since 1967. The winery combines an ongoing dedication to research and innovation with a commitment to classic winemaking traditions to craft the highest quality wines from Washington across many price points. This dedication to excellence and commitment to quality have allowed Chateau Ste. Michelle a place among the pre-eminent wine producers of the world.
Chateau Ste. Michelle owns 3,500 acres in Washington state's renowned Columbia Valley. The Columbia Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA) is a region separated from Seattle's rainy, marine climate by the Cascade Mountains. The mountains shield the rain, limiting annual rainfall to 6-8 inches, allowing our vineyard managers to control vine vigour through irrigation. All vines in the Columbia Valley are planted on their own rootstock, which helps us maintain the health and longevity of our vineyards and preserves the grape variety in its natural state.
The ripe grapes were de-stemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximise complexity. Gentle pump-overs during fermentation were used to extract colour and flavour and to produce soft, supple tannins. The wine was then oak aged for 14 months.
Rich yet accessible Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley's oldest winery, robust, unpretentious and packed with blackcurrants, raspberries and plums.
This is really versatile, try with blue cheese, beef, veal, and dark chocolate. It is a wine that can cope with robust flavours like mustard, paprika, rosemary, thyme, cloves and ginger.