Chateau St Michelle Harvest Select Riesling 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

This second vintage of our Harvest Select Riesling is made in a slightly sweeter style than our “Columbia Valley Riesling” but still shows the elements of classic Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling. It offers beautiful crisp Washington Riesling character with rich flavors of ripe peaches and apricot. The fresh fruit and decadent character is balanced with crisp acidity to keep the wine in harmony. This is a perfect patio sipping wine or would be a great match with Thai food. Enjoy!

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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 St Michelle Harvest Select Riesling

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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5.00 5
11/21/2012

Nose of citrus, pear and peach. Very fresh and inviting. On the palate, fresh and bright flavors and not overly sweet. Auslese in style. Very nice! 93 pts. 8/12/11 at winery


Snooth User: Austinista
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1.50 5
10/12/2011

One and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chateau St Michelle Harvest Select Riesling

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Lightly sweet and uncomplicated, with pretty pear and floral flavors, lingering gently. Drink now.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
02/29/2012

It offers beautiful crisp Washington Riesling character with rich flavors of ripe peaches and apricot. The fresh fruit and decadent character is balanced with crisp acidity to keep the wine in harmony.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/06/2011

WE 88 Pts - Winemakers Notes - This second vintage of our Harvest Select Riesling is made in a slightly sweeter style than our "Columbia Valley Riesling" but still shows the elements of classic Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling. It offers beautiful crisp Washington Riesling character with rich flavors of ripe peaches and apricot. The fresh fruit and decadent character is balanced with crisp acidity to keep the wine in harmony.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/24/2011

"Our new Harvest Select Riesling is made in a slightly sweeter style than our "Columbia Valley Riesling" but still shows the elements of classic Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling. It offers beautiful crisp Washington Riesling character with rich flavors of ripe pears and peaches. The fresh fruit and decadent character is balanced with crisp acidity to keep the wine in harmony. This is a perfect patio sipping wine or would be a great match with Thai food. Enjoy!" - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Production keeps climbing for this off-dry (5% residual sugar) bottling from the country's largest Riesling producer. Loaded with fresh Jonathan apple-flavored fruit, the sweetness is nicely balanced by the fresh, natural acids. Highlights of cinnamon and caramel add further pleasure to a wine with wide appeal.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Frankly sweet, but the acidity tucks in nicely to balance the pear and floral flavors. Finishes with charm. Drink now.


External Review
01/03/2012

A new offering from the countryrsquo;s largest producer of Rieslings, this fits an emerging off-dry category, with 11% alcohol and 4.7% residual sugar. Itrsquo;s a slightly sweeter companion to the wineryrsquo;s popular Columbia Valley bottling, with more of the honey and tea, less of the cool fruit flavors.


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This second vintage of our Harvest Select Riesling is made in a slightly sweeter style than our “Columbia Valley Riesling” but still shows the elements of classic Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling. It offers beautiful crisp Washington Riesling character with rich flavors of ripe peaches and apricot. The fresh fruit and decadent character is balanced with crisp acidity to keep the wine in harmony. This is a perfect patio sipping wine or would be a great match with Thai food. Enjoy!

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