Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

• The Columbia Valley blend is made from numerous vineyard lots resulting in a complex, layered Chardonnay. • Malolactic fermentation follows yeast fermentation for added richness and complexity. • 13% tank fermented Chardonnay was added to the blend to make a fresh, friendly style of Chardonnay. • Sur lie aged for more than seven months in a mix of French and American oak barrels (13% new) with regular stirring to soften the wine and integrate fruit and oak fl avors.

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Chateau Ste. Michelle:
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle ... Read more
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle Vintners,” under the direction of Andre Tchelistcheff, which is where Ste. Michelle really took off. Their first vines were planted at the now-legendary Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington in 1972. When a French style chateau was built in Woodinville by Ste. Michelle Vintners in 1976, the winery finally became known as Chateau Ste. Michelle. The terroir is very important for Chateau Ste. Michelle. Columbia Valley isn’t just important because they have over 3,500 acres under vine there - they love the land, and they even helped to make it recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA). Columbia Valley produces more Riesling than any other American region, and Chateau Ste. Michelle leads that charge as the leading North American Riesling producer. Chateau Ste. Michelle is known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it didn’t become great magically. They actually have two separate wineries, one for making whites, and another for making reds, which allows them to have complete control of the process. In fact, they’re so serious about the difference that they have dedicated winemakers for each color. While Bob Bertheau is their head winemaker who oversees all wine, Joshua Maloney oversees only the red wines, and Wendy Stuckey cares for the white. This allows Chateau Ste. Michelle to consistently create world-class wines that never fail to surprise judges. Read less

Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: Coastalcorks
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2.00 5
07/07/2010

A little sharp, with hints of pear and pineapple. Not as buttery as I'd hoped. Still a very nice wine for the price.


Snooth User: FrednMaria
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3.00 5
04/16/2010

Early Pineapple nose, catching a little pear. Green apple, slightly tart across the palette. A nice, bright Chard! And at only 10 bucks, affordable too!


Snooth User: albh111
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1.00 5
06/28/2010

One glass


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
10/15/2009

Lithe, spicy and generous with its pineapple centered flavors, offering hints of pear and apricot as the finish lingers enticingly. Drink now. 3,600 cases made


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/05/2013

Intense aromas and deep flavors of ripe apple intermingle with notes of hazelnut spice, subtle vanilla and butterscotch. The vibrant ripe apple, pear and citrus flavors are seamlessly integrated with a spicy character achieved by barrel fermentation in French oak. The wine's lush texture is complemented by a smooth, silky finish.


External Review
01/03/2013

My goal with the Columbia Valley Chardonnay is to make a pleasurable, food-friendly Chardonnay. This is a fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character and subtle spice and oak nuances. We blend Chardonnay grapes from vineyards all over Washington's Columbia Valley to make this a complex, interesting wine. The sur lie aging gives it an appealing softness. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker


External Review
10/28/2013

Light, with zingy grapefruit peel and apple flavors, finishing with a silky feel. Drink now.


External Review
10/28/2013

This bears apple and pear flavors that are set amidst buttery, toasty accents. It’s smooth and easy to drink, and the mouthfeel has a certain oiliness.


External Review
01/23/2014

My goal with the Columbia Valley Chardonnay is to make a pleasurable, food-friendly Chardonnay. This is a fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character and subtle spice and oak nuances. We blend Chardonnay grapes from vineyards all over Washington's Columbia Valley to make this a complex, interesting wine. The sur lie aging gives it an appealing softness. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker ** SOLD OUT **



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Tasting Notes:

My goal with the Columbia Valley Chardonnay is to make a pleasurable, food-friendly Chardonnay. This is a fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character and subtle spice and oak nuances. We blend Chardonnay grapes from vineyards all over Washington’s Columbia Valley to make this a complex, interesting wine. The sur lie aging gives it an appealing softness.

• The Columbia Valley blend is made from numerous vineyard lots resulting in a complex, layered Chardonnay. • Malolactic fermentation follows yeast fermentation for added richness and complexity. • 13% tank fermented Chardonnay was added to the blend to make a fresh, friendly style of Chardonnay. • Sur lie aged for more than seven months in a mix of French and American oak barrels (13% new) with regular stirring to soften the wine and integrate fruit and oak fl avors.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.57
Total Acidity: 0.52 grams per liter

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