This is a splendid rendition of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s mainstay Cabernet, rich and round, with a sophisticated mix of grapes, including Malbec, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot and Syrah. Dark fruit flavors of black cherry and cassis create a lush center, and the wine is more evolved and smoother, with less obvious oak and barrel flavor, than the pricier Cabs from Ste. Michelle.
Opaque ruby. Sexy, smoke- and spice-accented aromas and flavors of blueberry, cassis and dark cherry. Fleshy and sweet, with a suave floral quality carrying through a gently tannic and persistent finish. Offers outstanding value and is already very easy to drink.
90 Points Stephen Tanzer