Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Indian Wells Cab

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I discovered that March is Washington Wine Month!  I know I’ve mentioned how lucky we are to live in an area with such a great wine scene.  Within 5 miles of our house, there are at least 50 wineries with tasting rooms or headquarters.  One of the largest ones is Chateau Ste. Michelle. it’s a beautiful winery that holds concerts in the summer and has regular wine tastings and tours.  If you’re ever in Woodinville it’s worth checking out.  I went to a concert there a few years ago and it was fabulous.  As the sun was setting, there were hot air balloons flying in the distance and there was a certain magic in the air.

Chateau Ste. Michelle makes great wines but what I especially love about it is that this winery makes several wines that are very reasonably priced.  If I am going to a dinner party or giving wine as a gift, Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of my go-tos.  The winery has a great Riesling for about $7 a bottle and many other varietals.  The one I’m going to tell you about today is the 2014 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon. I found it for $10 at Costco and should be fairly easy to find on the west coast.

I love this wine for its versatility.  It is a great red to drink on its own but also pairs well with several foods.  I even had a glass with roasted chicken the other night and it was delicious!  It works with dark chocolate and would be a great choice to pair with a juicy burger.  Even though it’s a Cabernet, the flavor is not overwhelming. Some Cabs are so bold you feel like you’re being slapped in the face when you take a sip.

The Indian Wells has a lush fruity finish and I got a coffee aftertaste when I drank it.  It’s not too dry and is fairly light bodied (especially fora Cab!).  In that respect, it actually reminded me a little of some Pinot Noirs.  I’ve also had the 2013 vintage and found it to be just as tasty.

Go out and get this wine and share it with your friends, I promise it will be a crowd pleaser!

What are some of your favorite Washington wines, or heck, wines in general?


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