Wine is fine: Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

5 Jan

This wine brought to my mouth and your computer screen courtesy of a fantastic friend from the Left Coast (thanks, D!).

Wine: Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Vitals: More-than-you-needed-but-still-cool-to-know fact sheet (PDF), 13.5% abv, Columbia Valley AVA, 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 2% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec

Company Line: This Cabernet Sauvignon highlights concentrated Washington State red fruit in an accessible style. It has plenty of complexity and structure, and is also very versatile with food–try it with beef, pork or pasta” – BOB BERTHEAU, HEAD WINEMAKER

My take: deep ruby in the glass. Nose is smoky with notes of tobacco and black cherry skins.  Mouthfeel is on the thin side and a little hot in alcohol.  Dark fruits push through the drying ethanol  but the effect on the palate remains somewhat parching and muted.  Cool.  Dry.  Smooth.  Somewhat lacking in depth for the strength, but otherwise a pleasant drink.

Along with the wine, I was spoiled with this cool little accessory above (among other things), the Rabbit Aerating Pourerfrom the people who brought you that crazy-elaborate but damned-if-it-doesn’t-open-a-bottle-in-3-seconds opener.  It claims to give you all the supposed benefits of a long rest in a traditional decanter in a matter of seconds as you pour the wine from bottle to glass.  Aside from looking pretty darn cool, this thing really does amplify the bouquet of the wine much like swirling or slurping.  Side-by-side tasting with the unaerated sample has confirmed this on several occasions since I’ve had it.  Not sure where you get such a technological dynamo, but you should find one.  Pretty cool stuff.

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