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2012 Horse Heaven Hills Chenin Blanc
Horse Heaven Hills. A complex yet fruit driven wine with aromas of melon fruit and just a touch of spice. The palate has refreshing fruit and natural crisp acidity followed by the fresh and soft finish.
Pair this wine with Hazelnut Tart with Bittersweet Chocolate Glaze. Get the recipe. Download Fact Sheet »
Retail: $24 | Club members: $19.20
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2010 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley. Cabernet from this iconic 40-year-old vineyard consistently delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. The wine delivers black cherry, chocolate notes with user-friendly power.
Pair this wine with Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Eggs en Cocotte with Licorice Demi-Glace.  Get the Recipe. Download Fact Sheet »
Retail: $35 | Club members: $28
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Winemaker Notes
Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker 2012 Horse Heaven Chenin Blanc:
2012 was a return to the “classic” vintage conditions for Eastern Washington and a much welcomed change from the cooler 2010 and 2011 vintages. Our 34 year-old Chenin Blanc vines are located at our Horse Heaven Vineyard, which gently slopes down towards the Columbia River. This beautifully balanced vintage allowed these older vines to produce a complex yet fruit driven wine with aromas of melon fruit and just a touch of spice. The palate has refreshing fruit and natural crisp acidity followed by the fresh and soft finish.

Raymon McKee, Red Winemaker 2010 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon: Made from the oldest blocks of Cabernet at Cold Creek, 2010 Cold Creek Cabernet is a luscious mouthful of ripe black fruits and rich dense tannins. The cooler ripening season in 2010 helped to ripen the grape tannins to express a softer, seamless, and downright drinkable expression. Cabernet from vines as old as these express the place they live and grow in, showing off the characteristic dark brown sugar and tobacco aromas that typify Cold Creek terroir. Bob likes to pair this wine with sizzling steaks, hearty winter stews, and rich pasta dishes. On the other hand, I love it with blue cheese and dark chocolate.

Meet Your Club Guest Services Team
Alex has been at the Chateau since 2011. As a student at the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College, where he is currently studying Wine Production, Alex is able to utilize his studies to inform customers about the nature of the wine-making process, which in turn, enhances their experience while visiting CSM.

Alex is always willing to help his peers in any way possible. He excels at superior customer service, offering customers a wealth of knowledge (laced with a grand dose of humility) not only about CSM, but about wine-making itself. Alex is a pleasure to work with and we are truly lucky to have him on our team.

Classic Focus Club Release Night
November 15th | 5:30-7:30pm
Celebrate your new releases for winter in the Wine Shop as we sip, savor and discuss the latest club wines. Learn More »

Sip, Save and Shop
November 17th | 3:30-6:00pm
A one-of-a-kind shopping experience at the Chateau with over 20 vendors and 15% off in the wine shop. $15 plus tax. Buy Tickets »

VRC Artist Series Vertical Tasting
November 24th | 4:00-6:00pm
A rare opportunity to try past vintages of our highly acclaimed Artist Series wines paired with special cheeses. $25 plus tax. Learn More »

Ernst Loosen Eroica Event
December 16th | 6:30-8:30pm
Our spirited, German partner will be here to showcase all there is to love about Rieslings.
$60 plus tax. Buy Tickets »

2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley
90 pts - Wine Spectator (November 2013)
“Fresh and vibrant, this is polished in texture, glowing with blackberry, black olive and licorice flavors that flow smoothly into the long finish.”

2012 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Horse Heaven Hills
90 pts - Wine Spectator (November 2013)
“Bright, vibrant, expressive and juicy, with quince, pear, floral and spice flavors that dance through the long finish.”

2012 Indian Wells Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
90 pts & “Smart Buy” - Wine Spectator (November 2013)
“Vivid, polished and distinctive, with an apricot tinge to the pear and cream flavors, lifted by delicate acidity. Comes together smoothly on the finish.”

2010 Ethos Reserve Merlot, Columbia Valley
91 pts - Wine Spectator (November 2013)
“Firm on the surface, fleshy underneath, offering peppery black currant and cherry flavors that dance vibrantly through the long and expressive finish.”

2010 Ethos Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley
90 pts - Wine Spectator (November 2013)
“Bright, crisp and appealing, with lively blackberry and currant fruit playing against hints of pepper and bacon. The finish lingers nicely.”

2010 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills
90 pts - Wine Enthusiast (November 2013)
“This 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance of Merlot, Syrah and Malbec, is immediately accessible with notes of char, roasted coffee bean and cherry. The palate is rich, chocolaty and seamlessly stitched together.”

We allow you 6 months from your release date to pick up your wine; we simply do not have the space to hold previous club selections.

Therefore, we ask that you abide by this policy and come see us in this time frame. If you are unable to visit us within the 6 month time frame, please call our concierge at 1-800-866-6276.

If you do not contact us after the 6 months, we donate your wine to our Charitable Donations Program.

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