Chateau St. Michelle is known for producing some of the outstanding value wines from Washington on the retail market. Their new project, Borne of Fire, is a Cabernet Sauvignon wine with 10% Malbec blended in which is sourced from a new proposed AVA, located in south central Washington by the Columbia River, between the Columbia Gorge and Horse Heaven Hills AVAs. The name behind this AVA is harkens back to the region’s early settlers, who burned their fields every autumn to restart the soil. Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards were first planted in 2002, and then platings increased in 2015 as St. Michelle also planted Syrah, Malbec, Sangiovese and Chardonnay. The new wine is fruity and forward, with a nice backbone. Borne of Fire is the only wine available in the retail market that is available from this proposed Washington AVA, 'The Burn.' Roughly 35,000 cases were made of this wine, retailing at $23.00 a bottle. Here is my review of the new 2016 Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon.
2016 Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon- The heady nose starts off with roasted rigs and blackberry pie. This is generous and fruity but the balance is lovely, which is deftly combined with dark fruits. Drink 2018-2024- 89