An Outstanding case for Christmas

By on December 8, 2013

Chateau Ste Michelle 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $14

chateau-ste-michelle-cabernet-sauvignon-columbia-valleyBest Buy! Here’s a splendid example of the king of wines, yet it’s priced for everyday enjoyment. Elegant aromas begin with toasted sesame, blackberry and chocolate, backed by cherry, blueberry, tobacco and maple syrup. The smooth drink delivers creamy flavors of Marionberry milk shake, dark cherries and chocolate. Moderate tannins and great acidity provide a harmonious balance, and a pinch of sweet herbs in the finish adds complexity. It’s the largest production of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Pacific Northwest, so it’s easy to find and worthy of a case purchase. Suggested fare includes duck, veal and a steak topped with Rogue Creamery’s Oregon Blue.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 729,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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