2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Cab Franc – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.ste-michelle.com

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Cold Creek Vineyard produces some of the best fruit in the state of Washington and has long been a hallmark for such varietals as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It’s a south-facing vineyard that was planted in 1973, making it one of the oldest vineyards in our state.  This Cabernet Franc has pretty good availability in the Seattle area, but may be a bit tougher to find than CSM’s non single-vineyard wines as there was only 584 cases of it made.

Technical Data: 

  • Total acidity: 0.49g/100ml
  • pH: 3.96
  • Alcohol: 15%
  • Blend: 83% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cooperage: Aged in 58% new French oak for 16 months
  • Cases produced: 584
  • Price:  $30

Nose: Spiced plums, blackberry, bramble, rose-hips, vanilla and char. spice and pie crust.

Taste: This is a wine that exhibits quite abit of oak,r ight off the bat, however, if you give it hours, if not a day or two – the oak can and does blow off to open-up into some good fruit and acidity that’s pretty good. The mid palate is full-bodied because of the oak and I know many folks will really appreciate that component – for me, however, it’s a bit too heavy handed in the oak department. This is a good, grocery-store-level Cab Franc that should have no problems catering to the fans of  oak-heavy wines.

W.E.P. Rating: 80%