A showcase of the power and richness of Washington fruit combined with Old World elegance. 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. Approximately one third of the fruit came from our Cold Creek Vineyard, the balance of the fruit came from vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope and Red Mountain AVAs.
Colour: Dark purple-crimson.
Aroma: This has plenty of rich, dark-green herbs and black fruit with iodine and cherries.
Palate: The palate has a very assertive and linear feel to the palate. A lot of tannin, but nicely honed. (JS) This is the most complex of their Cabernets and offers layers of ripe blueberry fruit with silky tannins. Pairs well with prime rib, blue cheese, and chocolate desserts.
Grape Varieties: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 2% Syrah
Aging: Aged for 22 months in French oak barrels, 35% new.
Awards: 93pts – James Suckling; 92pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 90pts – Decanter
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.