Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
This wine begins with aromas of intense black cherry paired with notes of cedar and spice. It's soft on the palate, with concentrated fruit flavors framed by toasty oakiness and a long, substantial finish.
About the Region
This large viticultural area, covering about 11 million acres with some 17,000 acres of vines, extends over a large part of central and southern Washington (and over the border slightly into Oregon). It lies at the same latitude as Bordeaux and Burgundy, with numerous soil types and microclimates, and grows all the usual suspects, with cabernet sauvignon and other Bordeaux grapes and, more surprisingly, the red Rhône varieties, doing particularly well.