Cabernet Sauvignon (USA) 1993 Ch. St. Michelle (Washington State)
4/98. Bought today in a local restaurant for $36. If the standard procedure in Israel has been applied here, that means this wine should cost $7-8 originally... Please chime in anyone who knows how much this wine really costs in the States.
An excellent dinner (in one of my favorite restaurants in Tel-Aviv) that followed the movie 'Titanic', was one of the rare occasions where I get to taste American wine. I don't recall ever drinking anything from Columbia Valley, Washington State.
COLOR: Medium-dark Cabernet color. Full color up to the rim and no trace of sediment.
NOSE: Very nice and pleasing fruity nose that got richer and richer as time passed on. Not only were there black forest-berries, but complexity and class way beyond what I would have expected if my guess about the price is anything near the truth.
TASTE: Extremely tasty, relatively forward, with good grip on the palate. Ample but restraint and mature fruit, good acidity and soft tannins. Stood up very well to the mildly spicy and 'creative' kitchen.
LENGTH: Nothing much in this department.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium-bodied, smooth and elegant, good winyness and superb balance.
OVERALL: Excellent! Not a great Cab, but way above the average stuff that is commercially imported to Israel.
MARK: 16.5/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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