Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Canoe Ridge 2014
91-POINT lush, dark Cabernet for $20?? Uh, yeah….
This is just bonkers, ridonkoulously good for the price we scored -- there is no other way to say it (without coming to your house and dancing around while wildly gesticulating, gushing with love for this wine). Reminding us VERY much of something closer to our home (good ‘ol Napa), this will blow away any preconceptions you may have had about this venerable Washington winery. Seriously --- if you had put a glass in from of us and said “guess”, we’d have said $50-$80 range Napa Cab. Quite astonishing, really. A HUGE no-brainer if you love big, dark, plush Cabernet.
Speaking of HUGE, let’s talk about the caliber of the fruit and power in this wine. Rich and mouthcoating, it is packed and stacked with black cherries, blueberry and anise, sweet French oak and sandalwood aromas, finishing long and spicy with pie crust and toasted spices. Very silky tannin, too, not a chunky beast at all -- just fine and belting out some serious yum. Amazing, amazing at our price. Wow! Throw a case in the cart --- you’ll want more than you think!!! While we got it….
Technical DetailsCountry: USA
Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
Blend: 97% Cabernet 3% Merlot
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: Canoe Ridge
Winemaker: Ray McKee
Aging/Cooperage: 22 months 51% new French oak, 36% once-filled French oak, 13% neutral oak
About The Producer
Canoe Ridge Vineyard produces elegant, refined wines with deep concentration and structure. The Cabernet vines here are planted on original rootstock and retain their authentic charachter. Grown in low-fertility soil, with constant sun and steady winds coming up from the Columbia River makes for perfect growing conditions. Sustainability is important to Ste. Michelle and the vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate is LIVE and Salmon Safe certified.
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