Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2004
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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.
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.
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.
Soft and spicy, with a layer of toast and cocoa underlining the pear and citrus flavors, lingering on the gentle finish. Drink now through 2012.
Savory and deep, this rich chardonnay leads with aromas of caramel and sour apple. Its savory flavors of toast and dried pear lead through a long, caramel-scented finish. Well made in an oak-driven style.
Full golden straw. Medium-bodied. Highly extracted. Apple aromas with supple acids and a rounded mouthfeel. lingering brown spice through the finish.
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.