Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

My goal with the Columbia Valley Chardonnay is to make a pleasurable, food-friendly Chardonnay. This is a fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright sweet citrus fruit character and subtle spice and oak nuances. We blend Chardonnay grapes from vineyards all over Washington’s Columbia Valley to make this a complex, interesting wine. The sur lie aging gives it an appealing softness.

  • + My Wines

    My Wines

    Save in My Wines

    Add to Wishlist

    My Cellar

  • + List It
  • + Critic Score

    Submit a Critic Score

    Score:

    Name of Critic:

    Close
3.19 5 0.5
Average Rating Rate It Add
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
Suggested Recipe Pairing presented by
Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

View Recipe

Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Add your review
Snooth User: donealrice
932080237
0.00 5
07/23/2012

A favorite of husband and in our circle of friends. Not for me but I generally do not care for chars. This one drier and crisper than typical for the variety so I know why they liked. UPC 088586603846.


Snooth User: martce
45608197
0.00 5
05/13/2014

Nice dry refreshing. Would have it again


Snooth User: protz
335467159
3.00 5
11/12/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley

07/05/2011

"Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. This amicable middleweight does not exhibit any head-turning depth or richness


11/12/2010

Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. This amicable middleweight does not exhibit any head-turning depth or richness, but it goes straight to the varietal point with its attractive, gently oaked, apple-like fruit. It sports a cleansing snap of bright, slightly lemony acidity at the finish, and it should provide useful drinking with lightly seasoned seafoods over the next year or two.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Very soft and buttery, made in a style sure to reach out to a broad base of consumers looking for accessible flavors with lots of oak and tropical fruit. The style feels more Australian than Washington, but it fits in nicely with the wineryrsquo;s expanding lineup of single-vineyard and reserve Chardonnays.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This wine is distinguished by its intense aroma mdash; fresh cut pear on a bed of apple blossoms, accompanied by sweet lemon citrus, mint, honey, hazelnut spice and subtle vanilla and butter mdash; along with deep, concentrated flavor. Vibrant ripe apple, pear and citrus are seamlessly integrated with spice from French oak barrel fermentation. Remarkable intensity, complexity and a silky smooth finish make this wine a pleasure to sip on its own or with food.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Ripe apple and light tropical fruit is swathed in bourbon barrel vanilla flavors; the finish comes on like a dessert dish of bananas flambeacute;ed on whiskey. Exuberant, to say the least.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Readers who appreciate wines dominated by the scents and flavors of oak will like Chateau Ste. Michellersquo;s 2001 Chardonnay even more than I did. It reveals good balance, a delightful satiny texture, and smoke, toast, as well as vanilla. Consume it over the next 12ndash;18 months.


External Review
05/22/2011

Chateau Ste. Michelle has become one of the country's largest producers of Chardonnay. There are over half a million cases of this basic, Columbia Valley bottling alone. Spicy and showing some unusual accents - vanilla, licorice, a whiff of barnyard - it also features lots of forward, round, lightly candied fruit.


1 2 3 4 5  ...  7


All Prices

Shipping to:

My goal with the Columbia Valley Chardonnay is to make a pleasurable, food-friendly Chardonnay. This is a fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright sweet citrus fruit character and subtle spice and oak nuances. We blend Chardonnay grapes from vineyards all over Washington’s Columbia Valley to make this a complex, interesting wine. The sur lie aging gives it an appealing softness.

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »







Snooth Media Network