This has long been the standard-bearer for value-priced Washington Cabernet. Some of the early Ste. Michelle Cabernets have been remarkably long-lived, still tasting rich and complex some 30 years after being released. You can see why. This is a perfectly structured wine, with sleek, tight fruit, firm acids, and no-nonsense oak that buttresses the tannins. It's fine with food and certainly capable of aging indefinitely. Best Buy.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.