Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2009
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.
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.
Nice dry refreshing. Would have it again
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"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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