Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 303,873 strong:

Register Today!

Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Thanks for liking this wine! Let your friends on Twitter and Facebook know about it by clicking on the buttons here.

If you've already connected your Twitter account, then you don't need to click on the Twitter button to share your review as it'll be done for you.

Optional: Before you share your wine find with friends, you can pick a score or make a quick tasting note, or both if you like:

My Score:
My Tasting Notes:
Expand Box

Community Reviews

There are 3 user submitted reviews for this wine.

Monique Sosa rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

A lovely red from the Columbia Valley. This wine pours with deep ruby appearance and thick slow glass coating legs. The aromas are developing with moderate intensity of black and red berry fruit with a hit of mint. The palate reflects the notes from the aromas along with black plums, cedar and graphite minerality. This wine is medium bodied with pronounced acidity, medium (-) tannins, and a long pithy mint finish. Even though this Cab Sauv is not your typical style, it is easy drinking And summer bbq pairing ace. Enjoy with chimichurri steak, carne asada tacos or lamb skewers. Tasted Jan 2016.
Jon Steeves rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

This wine is ruby red and declared at 13.5% abv. What a wonderful wine. Offering medium complexity with aromatics of rich, robust red berry and blackberry, ripe plum, chalky minerality, dark chocolate, savoury herbs and a hint of eucalyptus on the palate. This wine is medium plus bodied, medium acidity, medium tannins, well integrated, medium plus alcohol and well balanced. Long finish with persistence of fresh ripe blackberry. Diversity in pairings makes this A great companion with seared AAA beef Tex mex fajitas, herb-basted beer can chicken, or seared yellowfin tuna steak. Tasted January 2016. Enjoy 2016-2018.
Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Rich black fruit aromas gives way to blackberry, black current, blueberry and oak flavors. A soft finish lingers nicely.

Natalie's Review

Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Columbia Valley, Washington State, United States: Classic Cabernet with blackberry and cassis, mocha-espresso aromas from the oak and very balanced. Full-bodied and smooth. This Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet also includes small amount of Malbec, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot and Syrah in the blend. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2015-2019. 269357 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 8, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Harmonious Hard Cheese Wine  Full Review




Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Antinori Red Wine
Bolgheri, Tuscany D.O.C. ...

Natalie MacLean

Canada's Most Quoted Wine Writer

Natalie MacLean is editor of Canada's largest wine review web site, publishing hundreds of wine reviews every week for more than 303,873 members.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, the second was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Get access to all of her reviews today by becoming a member of her site.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a feisty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  




Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award