Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2004
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Cold Creek, which is actually quite a warm site in the Columbia Valley, mixes a crisp, acid-driven backbone with tightly tropical flavors of pineapple and mango. In the middle is a streak of fat butterscotch, leading to a silky finish.
Spices, toast, vanilla, and minerals are found in the complex aromatics of the 2004 Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard. This concentrated, fairly priced wine is extremely well-focused and will repay cellaring (or decanting). Nuts, minerals, and pears can be detected in its deep yet round character. Drink this outstanding medium-bodied Chardonnay between 2008 and 2013.
Displaying a more demure, lightly fruity bouquet, the medium-bodied, well-focused 1999 Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard offers minerals, pears, and stone-like flavors in its broad, ample personality. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
The 2006 Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard is sourced from a 32 year old vineyard, one of the first planted by the winery and ancient by Washington standards, with yields of less than 2 tons per acre. The wine was aged in 54% new oak and 50% was fermented with indigenous yeasts. Light gold in color, it reveals aromas of butterscotch, vanilla, apple, poached pear, and a hint of tropical fruits. Smooth-textured and nicely balanced, the wine's finish is long and pure.
Vibrant and juicy Chardonnay, beautifully focused to show off its creamy pear, tangy citrus and generous pineapple aromas and flavors, which linger effortlessly on the impeccably balanced finish. Drink now through 2007.
The Cold Creek Chardonnay is built upon 30-year-old vines, fully ripened at this warm site. Sensuous, soft and broadly laced with flavors of toasted nuts, brioche and apple pie, this luxurious Chardonnay still maintains a pleasing, focused structure that carries along flavors of lemon and apple, cut against the dominant oak. Cold Creek wines are among Washington's most ageworthy.
The 1995 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay displays a straw color with touches of gold and a lively honeysuckle-infused nose. This wine offers a well-concentrated, silky, medium-to-full-bodied and superbly balanced core of minerals, stones and ripe white fruits. Could it be the New World's version of a Chassagne-Montrachet from a warm vintage such as 1989. Projected maturity: now-2001.
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