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Wine of the week: 2012 Christopher Michael cabernet sauvignon 

Retail $13-$17

The number of wineries in Washington state has increased 400 percent in the last decade and the state is second to California in wine production. Christopher Michael Wines, a collaboration between two brothers, was founded in 2009, and its first release of cabernet sauvignon drew critical acclaim. This cabernet is vinified using small open-top fermenters, and the wine is aged 18 months in French oak barrels. It offers aromas of black raspberry, dark cherry, anise and espresso. On the palate, taste black fruit, cassis, cocoa, toast and lingering sweet tannins. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with steak, braised beef short ribs, wild game and aged cheeses. Buy it at: Philippe's Wine Cellar, Grande Krewe Fine Wine & Spirits, Pearl Wine Co. and Rouses on Baronne Street and Carrollton Avenue; Clearview Parkway, Power Boulevard and at 2900 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie; Williams Boulevard in Kenner; Gause Boulevard in Slidell; Highway 190 in Covington; and East Causeway Approach in Mandeville.

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