Ink dark in color with a lovely nose of cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely cherries and cassis to match the nose backed almost immediately by some lively acidity. Medium in length the finish displays some nice firm tannins and the red cherry notes linger nicely. This is a beautiful varietal cab. Yummy. I would give it an solid 89-90. For the price this is a good deal. The bottle has an interesting note on it I’ve never noticed before it says 100% Vinifera rootstock which I would assume to mean it is not grafted.
From the LCBO web site:
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 — VINTAGES#: 269357
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Head red winemaker Ray McKee shines with this expansive and expressive Cab, a product of a tremendous vintage and his first trial with the new VitiSort optical sorter, which removes material other than the grape (MOG). The blend of Canoe Ridge Estate, Cold Creek and Indian Wells set the table to create aromas akin to Hostess blackberry pie, Hershey’s with Almonds, cola nut, brown sugar and baking spices. A rich entry of black cherry, black currant and plum flavors comes with remarkable balance, length and a pinch of white pepper. It’s a classic Washington Cab that McKee’s boss – Bob Bertheau – enjoys with beef tenderloin or pasta. Score – Outstanding!. (Andy Perdue & Eric Degerman, greatnorthwestwine.com, Sept. 12, 2014) $19.95
Release Date:August 8, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Washington, USA By:Chat Ste Michelle Sugar Content:7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity