This Washington wine comes under the umbrella of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, which has 10 brands alone in Washington, including Columbia Crest and Snoqualmie.
A little clue on the bottle tells you whether the wine was made by the winery on the label. On the back label it says “cellared and bottled by” which means someone else made the wine; probably one of Ste. Michelle’s other wineries.
The pedigree is good, as is this wine. It’s a very approachable classic Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon (70 percent) and merlot from the Columbia Valley. Malolactic fermentation helps smooth the mouthfeel as does the year in oak barrels.
Sherry: “Smooth and full-bodied with black cherry and black currant with clove on the finish.” (3½ stars)
Chris: “Blackberry and currant bouquet with flavors of black cherry and raisins, with a very smooth finish.” (3¾ stars)
Available from $9.50 to $12.50.
Coming next week: Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc