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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2004

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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 Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: drdebs
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4.00 5
11/25/2006

Very good oaked chardonnay, with more balance than most at this price. Straw in color. Aromas of toast, some apple. On the palate, apples, perhaps some pear, with vanilla and a hazelnutty edge. Good finish.


Snooth User: JL177
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2.00 5
03/21/2009

Two glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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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