The slightly confusing range of brands are all owned by a parent company called Stimson Lane, and its best vineyards include Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge: their premium wines are bottled under these names. Villa Mount Eden is Château Ste Michelle's Californian outpost, making wines with fruit from Mendocino down to Santa Barbara.
I've always detested that practice of naming good American wines ‘Chateau’ something. It simultaneously plays to the worst kind of wine snobbery and reinforces the nonsense belief that only the French make great wine.
Chocolate, plum and toasted oak aromas spill out of this dense, ruby-hued wine. Flavors of black cherry, mushroom and a hint of smoky cedar are nicely integrated into the rich palate. The Cabernet Franc and other Bordeaux varieties add intensity and additional layers of complexity. The lingering, medium-full finish is handsomely balanced with fruit, oak and tannin.
Nice Lady. Gud conversation.
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