Cv_cabsauvSome wines really knock your socks off when you first try them…, then there is this wine.  That's not to say that this was a bad wine, just didn't rock my world or anything.

The wine in question is a 2006 Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet that I bought at the grocery store for about $13.  This wine is produced in Washington State, by one of the largest Washington wine producers.  It weighs in 13.5 ABV.

I got some dark fruit aromas, possibly some raspberry, and then some vanilla and oak.  The first blast flavor was pure buttered toast with some raspberry jam on it.  This wine disappeared on me a little in the mid-palate, and then finished with some some sour cherry candy flavors. 

I think that the fruit in this wine was a little on the fake side, and just was not very strong in general.  Still, I don't think that this is a bad wine, just not a great one.  Probably somewhere in the 86 point range.  I also think that this wine is a lot better with some food, in fact, I even found that it was improved by some cheese.  I wouldn't go so far as to recommend this wine for $13, but it's probably worth a try.