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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Canoe Ridge Vineyard Columbia Valley 2007

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Winemaker Bob Bertheau’s goal is to craft soft, harmonious, integrated chardonnays, while enhancing the tropical character of Wahluke Slope fruit. Ripe grapes were lightly pressed and inoculated with Epernay II yeast for accentuated, fruit-forward flavors. Fermented in mostly American oak barrels, 27% new. 100% sur lie aged for seven months to integrate the fruit and oak flavors and provide a rich mouthfeel. Malolactic fermentation also took place to add softness, balance and depth.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Canoe Ridge Vineyard Columbia Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,737
4.50 5
07/06/2009

The nose here is subtle and seductive with notes of eggshell, lime leaf, butchers wax, and a wildflower sweetness tat is seductive. A leaner style in the mouth, really taut and focused with intense notes of very fresh orange, peach, pear and papaya fruits that even have a suggestion of red berry. A bit soft on the backend yet with great freshness to the slightly exotic tropical fruit flavors. The finish is a little light with a hint of mineral and hazelnut adding complexity. Very nice stuff 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,737
3.50 5
05/27/2010

Fairly smoky on the nose at first with backing notes of dried orchard fruits, butterscotch, dried grasses, and a touch of smoked ham. Rather elegant on entry with a soft touch of sweet wood adding an initial roundness to the palate feel. The mid-palate shows more obvious wood and while the wine is fresh and retains a sense of elegance it does have an assertive edge to the flavor profile. The finish shows more freshness with a touch of honeycomb accenting the fresh Asian pear and bright green apple tones that linger on the moderately long finish. This would be a fine match for grilled salmon. 88pts


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Snooth User: Philip James
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4.00 5
05/10/2009

Fresh green apple notes, balanced by a touch of, not unpleasant, sulfur (it might have blown off given time). Crisp and refreshing, there's a soft oakiness that gives way to a delicate creaminess. The surprisingly long finish is of warm vanilla spiced apple pie.


Snooth User: nomadicprs
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4.00 5
03/19/2009

Loved It, Great Taste


Snooth User: Joellyn
83254912
3.50 5
06/25/2011

This is a full bodied chardonnay for chardonnay lovers. A rich sunny yellow, it starts as a burst of tropical fruit and apple and finishes with a smooth creamy vanilla and creme and the expected oak. Though the nose may feel a bit mineral it is never sharp or grating.


Snooth User: refreshments
42501922
3.00 5
04/04/2010

Three glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Canoe Ridge Vineyard Columbia Valley

External Review
05/18/2011

The 1996 Indian Well Vineyard Chardonnay has a ripe, vanilla cream-scented nose and an oily-textured and well-balanced character. This elegant, medium-bodied, and soft wine reveals lovely pear, anise, and toasted oak flavors. Drink the beauty between now and 2003.


External Review
11/25/2009

Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay 2007 750ML


External Review
05/18/2011

Bright yellow golden cast. Moderately full-bodied. Full acidity. Moderately extracted. Mildly oaked. Minerals, brown spices. Aromatically reserved with a firm and concentrated palate. Opens up toward the finish with a hint of oak. Should develop further with some shot-to mid-term cellaring.


External Review
05/18/2011

Bright and appealing for its lively balance, citrus and pineapple flavors, lingering nicely on the juicy finish. Drink now through 2009.


External Review
05/18/2011

Smooth and silky, this outstanding Washington white is a lovely mouthful of peach, spice, pear, honey and vanilla, wrapped up harmoniously and elegantly. It's tempting now, will be best from 1999 through 2002.


External Review
05/18/2011

Peaches and apricots fill the mouth. The wine has a supple, rich midpalate, and a nice smack of butterscotch to finish.


External Review
03/27/2010

The warmth of the Wahluke Slope produces Chardonnaywith an appealing tropical fruit character and rich texture.The 2007 Indian Wells Chardonnay delivers ripe tropicalpineapple flavors and showcases the luscious opulence ofWashington fruit. I like this wine with scallops, scampi orpasta with slightly richer sauces.'


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Tasting Notes:

“The warmth of the Wahluke Slope produces Chardonnay with an appealing tropical fruit character and rich texture. The 2007 Indian Wells Chardonnay delivers ripe tropical pineapple flavors and showcases the luscious opulence of Washington fruit. I like this wine with scallops, scampi or pasta with slightly richer sauces.”

Winemaker Bob Bertheau’s goal is to craft soft, harmonious, integrated chardonnays, while enhancing the tropical character of Wahluke Slope fruit. Ripe grapes were lightly pressed and inoculated with Epernay II yeast for accentuated, fruit-forward flavors. Fermented in mostly American oak barrels, 27% new. 100% sur lie aged for seven months to integrate the fruit and oak flavors and provide a rich mouthfeel. Malolactic fermentation also took place to add softness, balance and depth.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 5.9 grams per liter

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