91 Insider Points

REVIEWS

This one was an easy buy. Chateau Ste. Michelle's 50th Anniversary Cab? You know they are doing this one well, and boy lemme tell ya. Washington Cab has been a good go-to for me ever since my time managing the little SC Wine Company (worth a visit if you're ever in Orange County). This Cab shows the same earthy fruit qualities that I, as a lover of such styles, actively seek in my personal wine sessions. Tobacco and blueberry on the nose. Full-bodied, showing blackberry, espresso and black cherry with oak tannin. Smooth through the finish. A great addition to your seasonal soirees. 91 Points - JZ Nov '18

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
  • APPELLATION
    Columbia Valley, Washington
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    1.5L (Magnum)

Winning a Best Buy designation from Wine & Spirits is all in a day’s work for this quintessential Washington State Cabernet from a winery that nearly single handedly made Washington wines “a thing.”

Ste Michelle’s 50th anniversary bottling sports a collectible table for this special release. The wine also received glowing remarks from the Wine Enthusiast. “Brings a lot of appeal with a real sense of freshness to the fruit flavors,” writes WE, concluding: “provides plenty of enjoyment.”
From a super successful and unusually ripe vintage, this blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot will please Cal Cab lovers and Northwest wine fans in equal measure. As in vintages past, this 2015 enjoyed a slow and gentle fermentation and a long 14 months aging in a combination of French and American oak (under 1/3 new barrels), which allows for the purity of this cassis and cherry-scented beauty to take center stage and hold it over a long, seamless and winningly structured finish.

·    2015 is a special year for this wine and for Ch. Ste Michelle, as this vintage marks the 50th anniversary bottling and one-half century of delicious wines from this iconic Washington State producer.

·    The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington State. Overall, 2015 saw optimal ripening across varieties and yielded outstanding wines throughout the region.

·    Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including Ste Michelle’s estate vineyards: Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate and Indian Wells.

·    Ste Michelle’s estate-owned Columbia Valley vineyards sit in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains and unlike other parts of the state receive just 6-8 inches of rain a year. This appellation is known for its warm, sunny days and cool evening temperatures and for the climate’s affinity for Bordeaux varietals.

TASTING NOTES 

From the winery:

Cabernet Sauvignon is a standout variety from Washington, with silky tannins, rich complexity and concentrated fruit.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington state's founding winery featuring award-winning wines and an unparalleled tasting experience at our historic chateau and grounds near Seattle.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair this with your upcoming holiday dinner! We suggest uncorking it alongside some prime rib roast or a delicious turkey dinner.