STE Chapelle * Chateau Series Soft Red * 2012

Idaho? Snake River Valley?

These were the thoughts running through my head as I was browsing the pre-chilled wines at Wohlner’s. I was on a last minute mission to purchase a few bottles of wine for an outdoor dinner party after work on Friday. My wife requested I pick up at least one chilled, “easier-drinking” wine since it was one of the first real warm days this year. She suggested a Rosé.

Full discloser here in this review: I’m not a wine expert. I enjoy drinking wines and consider myself the casual wine drinker. But this day, I felt a little more pressure than normal in making a selection. The dinner party hosts knew I was blogging for Omaha Wine Review and thought I should be the one to bring the wine. I was unable to find a Rosé I felt confident purchasing.
I kept looking. Time was ticking. The STE Chapelle Soft Red seemed intriguing. I knew nothing about Idaho wines or the Snake River Valley. Feeling the mounting pressure to make a good decision, paired with my impending tardiness, I risked it.

Well no Rosé. What the heck, go bold or go home!

I snatched the bottle, hoping for the best.

The best thing about this wine: Sweet and flavorful for easy summer drinking
Available at: Wohlner’s Neighborhood Grocery and Deli
By the bottle: $9.99
Paired well with: guacamole
If you like Moscato or other sweet wines, try this wine.
Winery Web Page: http://stechapelle.com

This is an unique and surprisingly sweet red blend, yet in a favorable way. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 4% Syrah.

Generally I have a particularly picky disposition toward sweet wines but, surprisingly, I enjoyed this wine. Everyone else at the dinner party gave favorable comments as well. Heavy strawberry, raspberry, blackberry flavors carry all the way through, with a hint of dry licorice finish on the end. It should most certainly be served well chilled.

We finished the bottle quickly while munching on guacamole. The evening turned into a multiple-bottle wine night, thanks to the superb kickoff of Ste Chapelle.

Cheers to “sweet” decisions,

TODD

STE Chapelle * Chateau Series Soft Red * 2012

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