Gold medal winners from Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

By on November 9, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition award: Gold medal

Chateau Ste Michelle makes Cabernet Sauvignon from its estate Cold Creek Vineyard in Washington's Columbia Valley.Cold Creek, a vineyard planted by Ste. Michelle in 1973, is a prized vineyard for winemaker Bob Bertheau. Italian herbs and a hint of mint lead off this Cab, followed by blackberry and cherry notes on the nose. In the mouth, Cold Creek Vineyard displays why it’s among the Northwest’s finest, with black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, a bit of black pepper and elegant tannins, followed by a farewell of dark chocolate and cherry.

Price: $25

Production: 8,000 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%


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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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