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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2006

Member Review by Chris Carpita:

Oaky, sweet and well balanced, with a little bit of tuna funk. I would have given this wine a 2 if it didn't have that funk. Food pairing: gruyere

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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: Chris Carpita
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3.00 5
06/13/2008

Oaky, sweet and well balanced, with a little bit of tuna funk. I would have given this wine a 2 if it didn't have that funk. Food pairing: gruyere

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    3.00 5
    06/13/2008

    Pears are big on the crisp nose. There's clearly some oak here, with a nice bite and warm green fruit flavors. The finish is medium to long, and oaky. For the price, it's great. All in all a pleasurable easy drinking wine that I'd be happy to be drinking alongside a nice big meal.


    Snooth User: Philip James
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    3.50 5
    06/13/2008

    Solid oaky nose, a little more austere than CA chards, but very nice, oaky, solid spice on the finish. Less fruit, but very very good for the price.

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  • Snooth User: Clavelin133
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    3.00 5
    06/30/2008

    Sometimes Chardonnay's are too sour for me. I liked this one because it was not overly sour. I think it would be good with white meat or fruit.


    Snooth User: couch112
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    3.00 5
    02/04/2009

    Three glasses


    External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley

    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    07/18/2012

    Pale, slightly hazy lemon-yellow color. Aromas of pineapple, nectarine and smoky, buttery lees. Tropical fruit and butterscotch flavors show a bit more grip and flavor authority than the Ethos version but finish a bit rigid. The best of an underwhelming group of chardonnay releases from this producer.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    07/18/2012

    Consistent with previous bottlings, this is dark, oaky, lush with scents and flavors of butter, toast and roasted nuts. The fruit seems secondary to the parade of butterscotch, brown sugar and spice that comes walloping through the palate. The wine turns slightly bitter in the finish. This is a wine for those who love the California style of Chardonnay.


    External Review
    04/09/2008

    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.


    External Review
    01/17/2009

    Wine & Spirits ReviewRated 92This assertive chardonnay leads with heady scents of caramelized apples and vanillin. The oak aromas recede on the palate, brightened by juicy pear flavors of impressive clarity; the oak and fruit, in the end, are finely integrated. For veal.Wine Tasting NotesThe warmth of the Wahluke Slope consistently produces Chardonnays with an appealing tropical fruit character. This bottling delivers pineapple, butterscotch, and vanilla aromas with notes of brown sugar and spice. The Indian Wells Chardonnay is soft and rich yet maintains a beautiful elegance. I like this wine with scallops, scampi or pasta with slightly richer sauces.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    07/18/2012

    This assertive chardonnay leads with heady scents of caramelized apples and vanillin. The oak aromas recede on the palate, brightened by juicy pear flavors of impressive clarity; the oak and fruit, in the end, are finely integrated. For veal.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    07/18/2012

    Polished and refined, with a distinct hazelnut note adding interest to the creamy peach and apple flavors, lingering gently on the finish. Drink now through 2011.




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