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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley 2011

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"One of the best Chardonnays from this vineyard to date, a function of this warm site being able to ripen the grapes in this cool vintage. Racy and tight, it’s a sleek melding of citrus rind and flesh, apple and mineral-inflected acid. Excellent concentration and detail through the finish…92” Wine Enthusiast 9/1/13

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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

External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

One of the best Chardonnays from this vineyard to date, a function of this warm site being able to ripen the grapes in this cool vintage. Racy and tight, it’s a sleek melding of citrus rind and flesh, apple and mineral-inflected acid. Excellent concentration and detail through the finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

Perfumed and exotic, with assorted wild flowers, sauteed apples, spice, vanilla and hints of toast, the 2011 Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard fleshes out beautifully on the palate and has a supple, rich texture, integrated acidity and a dry, clean finish. Striking a good balance between richness and freshness, it’s a fleshy, soft effort that delivers loads of pleasure. Enjoy it over the coming year. Drink now–2016.



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"One of the best Chardonnays from this vineyard to date, a function of this warm site being able to ripen the grapes in this cool vintage. Racy and tight, it’s a sleek melding of citrus rind and flesh, apple and mineral-inflected acid. Excellent concentration and detail through the finish…92” Wine Enthusiast 9/1/13

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 5.6 grams per liter

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