Planted in 1972, Cold Creek Vineyard is one of Washington’s oldest and most acclaimed vineyards. Cold Creek Vineyard enjoys one of the longest and warmest growing seasons in the Columbia Valley. Its sunny growing conditions with low rainfall results in its old vines producing small clusters of small berries, resulting in intense flavors and deep color.
Colour: Deep red with purple hues
Aroma: Aromas of black cherry, spice and smoke.
Palate: Full bodied and complex with smooth tannins. There is a depth of black raspberry flavour alongside its supple texture. Great with lamb, pasta, beef or fowl.
Grape Varieties: 88% Cold Creek Merlot, 12% Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: Aged for 22 months in American oak, 49% new.
History of Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest, and one of the most prestigious, wineries in Washington. The company produces a wide range of wines from grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay, but it is best known for its high-quality wines made from Riesling.
It was founded as the American Wine Growers in 1954 by the merger of two companies that were set up following the repeal of Prohibition in the 1930s: the National Wine Company and the Pomerelle Wine Company. Before the merger, the National Wine Company had planted Vitis vinifera grapes in the Columbia Valley. However it was legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, as a consultant, who introduced higher quality vinifera wines in 1967. These were produced under the name Ste. Michelle Vintners and the first wines released were Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Semillon and Grenache.
In 1976, the name was changed to Chateau Ste. Michelle. The winery has since achieved international acclaim. Chateau Ste. Michelle has three estate vineyards all in the Columbia Valley AVA – Cold Creek, Horse Heaven and Canoe Ridge. In 1995, the company formed a partnership with Antinori to make luxury Cabernet Sauvignon under the label Col Solare. Most recently, in 2016 the company purchased Sonoma-based Pinot Noir and Chardonnay house Patz & Hall.