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“The warmth of the Wahluke Slope produces Chardonnay with an appealing tropical fruit character and rich texture. T...Read more...
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 ... Read more
Fairly smoky on the nose at first with backing notes of dried orchard fruits, butterscotch, dried grasses, and a touch of smoked ham. Rather elega... Read more
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 ... Read more
Food Pairings for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Canoe Ridge Vineyard Columbia Valley
Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Canoe Ridge Vineyard Columbia Valley
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
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
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.
Loved It, Great Taste
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.
External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Canoe Ridge Vineyard Columbia Valley
Bright light yellow. Exotic pineapple, smoke and caramel oak on the nose. Round, ripe and full, showing very good volume and fat. The wine's glyceral quality gives it an almost sweet impression. Very silky wine with a seamless finish.
The Chardonnay offerings begin with the 2008 Chardonnay Indian Wells. Light gold-colored, it displays a nose of toast, pear, melon, and baking spices (thyme and tarragon). On the palate this medium-bodied effort has good volume, spicy flavors, and a lengthy finish. It is an excellent value in quality Chardonnay.
The 2007 Chardonnay Indian Wells is sourced primarily from the warm Wahluke Slope AVA. The wine was barrel-fermented in 27% new American oak, through malolactic fermentation, and was aged sur lie for 9 months. Medium straw-colored, it offers up a pleasing nose of toast, baked apple, poached pear, and tropical aromas, especially pineapple. Medium-bodied, smooth-textured, and ripe, this balanced effort finishes with considerable persistence.
Smooth and fragrant, with tobacco and peach pit overtones to the apple and stone fruit flavors, finishing with polish. Drink now.
Toasty, spicy aromas and flavors are more prominent than fruit in this smooth-textured, polished Chardonnay, echoing ripe pear and smoke as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2012.
This is a bigger, riper, softer and richer version of Ste. Michelle's Columbia Valley Chardonnay. Here the fruit slides into tropical, with flavors of ripe peach, banana and mango. There are plenty of buttery nut flavors, and a hint of alcoholic heat. A great choice for richly sauced shellfish.
Pale, slightly hazy lemon-yellow color. Aromas of pineapple, nectarine and smoky, buttery lees. Tropical fruit and butterscotch flavors show a bit more grip and flavor authority than the Ethos version but finish a bit rigid. The best of an underwhelming group of chardonnay releases from this producer.
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.
“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.”
|Total Acidity: 5.9 grams per liter|
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