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.
Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including our Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate and Indian Wells vineyards. Columbia Valley vineyards lie in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains and receive just 6-8 inches of rainfall annually. Warm, sunny days and cool evening temperatures create ideal conditions for intense aroma and flavor development in the ripening grapes.
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.