Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon

Fleur Pinot Noir Rosé North Coast 2011 - Wine Review

Name of wine:  Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon (Cabernet Sauvignon, Blend: 89% Cab Sauvignon/6% Syrah/3% Malbec/2% Cab Franc, Columbia Valley AVA, 112,000 cases made)

Price paid:  $14

Where purchased:  KL Wines, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  Looks and smells like a classic Washington state cabernet.  I really like this one.  At this price, buy at least a case, you won’t be sorry.  All of this Washington cab goodness for under $20?  Yes!  Some grapes from Indian Wells, one of the hottest vineyards along the Wahluke slope.

Color:  Black currant hue.

Nose:  Black cherries, straw, pencil lead, and spice.

Palate:  Medium tannins. Noticeable mouth feel.  Bold fruit with enough acidity to drink some now or cellar for later.

Food:  This cab works well with NY strip steak or even better, grass-fed gourmet cheeseburgers with onion rings.  A recommended pairing!  I could easily drink this one on its own as well.

What is your favorite cabernet wine?

Fleur Pinot Noir Rosé North Coast 2011 – Wine Review

Fleur Pinot Noir Rosé North Coast 2011 - Wine Review

Name of wine:  Fleur Pinot Noir Rosé North Coast 2011 (100% Pinot Noir, North Coast AVA)

Price paid:  $13

Where purchased:  Mollie Stones, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  I really like this rosé and will be buying several bottles more during this summer season.  Fleur Wines pours at the Taste at Oxbow wine salon in Napa.

Color:  Medium red and translucent.

Nose:  Bright and pale watermelon.

Palate:  Acidity.  Slightly silky mouth feel.  Not sweet or very fruity.  Slightly salty on the tongue with a long finish.

Food:  This Fleur rosé is very drinkable on its own.  A suggested food pairing would be lighter fare such as grilled vegetables or a fresh salad.  Lighter cheeses would go well too.

HOT!: We will be discussing Rosé wines of the world on VinoChat on August 9, 2012 at 6pm Pacific Time

What is your favorite Rosé wine this summer?

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