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2004 Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley ($17)

This Washington state red wine is simply a terrific value. It can fairly be described as a "fruit bomb" - with amazingly pure and intense black-cherry and cassis flavors, and hints of blueberry and chocolate. Its silky-smooth texture notwithstanding, there's a core of firm tanning here that should give confidence to anyone who wants to stash away a few bottles for a decade or so. This wine is a tribute to the extraordinary progress being made in Washington state. Serve with rack of lamb, top beef cuts.


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