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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

"The warmth of the Wahluke Slope consistently produces Chardonnays with an appealing tropical fruit character. The 2005 Indian Wells Chardonnay is no exception. The 2005 version has slightly better acidity than previous vintages and gives the wine a nice crisp balance to go along with the tropical characters. A perfect wine with scallops, scampi or pasta with slightly richer sauces." Bob Bertheau, winemaker"Overall the 2005 vintage produced wines of great structure andcharacter. The Chardonnays are rich and ripe with very goodacidity and 'grip.'" Winery Notes

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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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3.50 5
09/25/2007

Nice apple flavors in this light, slightly sweet chardonnay.


Snooth User: runningbear
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3.00 5
02/10/2008

Decent Chardonnay at a decent price. Light and good for everyday occasions.


Snooth User: JohnnyRocketts
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1.00 5
08/23/2009

I found this wine to be a little "hot"


Snooth User: Agent White
2804779
3.00 5
06/25/2007

I little light, but then again it is a Washington Chardonnay. Nice color (perhaps a little light), soft and sweet with an apple nose. Light on the oak (a good thing). Buttered popcorn and grass flavors and an almost non-existant finish. Gone before I could spit... But I didn't.


Snooth User: Anund
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3.00 5
12/09/2007

Three glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley

External Review
03/16/2010

Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay 2005 Indian Wells and all other wine from Chateau Ste Michelle are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
06/27/2007

Always a good value, this Washington St. Chardonnay has lots of buttery richness and intense fruit flavors. A nice match with full-flavored fish and poultry.



"The warmth of the Wahluke Slope consistently produces Chardonnays with an appealing tropical fruit character. The 2005 Indian Wells Chardonnay is no exception. The 2005 version has slightly better acidity than previous vintages and gives the wine a nice crisp balance to go along with the tropical characters. A perfect wine with scallops, scampi or pasta with slightly richer sauces." Bob Bertheau, winemaker"Overall the 2005 vintage produced wines of great structure andcharacter. The Chardonnays are rich and ripe with very goodacidity and 'grip.'" Winery Notes

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