(2011 Vintage) Ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. Gentle pumpovers during fermentation were used to extract color and flavor and produce soft, supple tannins. Aged 14 months in American and French oak, 32% new
Soft with a bit of a fruit at the end. Strawberry and tobacco with a hint of plum or dark fruit. Drink now
dark and smoky, although initial brightness is a surprise. nice smoldering tobacco finish
didn't really care for initially, but was okay after breathing
Goid with soaghetti
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2002 Vintage) The family formula is also evident in this bottling, and, while the obvious tannins are held in check until the very end, the all-too-quiet fruit is similarly played as an extra in the cast and makes but a brief appearance. The wine would serve in a pinch, but there are better choices elsewhere.
Wine Spectator(2002 Vintage)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2000 Vintage) 14% Cabernet Franc; 1% Syrah. Tasting all too much like the inexpensive wine that it is, Chateau Ste. Michelle's basic bottling is on the skimpy side with respect to fruit and comes up thin, blunt and a little too dry in the mouth.
Wine Spectator(2000 Vintage)
Robert Parker(2000 Vintage)