Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2010
My goal with the Columbia Valley Chardonnay is to make it a pleasurable, food-friendly wine. This is a fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright apple and citrus fruit character with 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 appealing softness.
Well balanced; only a hint of oak, great fruit, and light caramel give way to green apple.
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Intense aromas and deep flavors of ripe apple intermingle with notes of hazelnut spice, subtle vanilla and butterscotch. The vibrant ripe apple, pear and citrus flavors are seamlessly integrated with a spicy character achieved by barrel fermentation in French oak. The wine's lush texture is complemented by a smooth, silky finish.
Fresh and light, this Chardonnay deftly balances apple, citrus and spice flavors on a soft frame. Drink now.
This well-crafted Chardonnay opens sharp and spicy, with light but juicy fruit. Flavors of clean apple and pear run into hints of peach, then resolve with a creamy finish.
This is a fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright apple and citrus fruit character with subtle spice and oak nuances.
Crisp and spicy, with juicy apple and pear fruit flavor, this easy-drinking Chardonnay was aged sur lie in mostly used barrels. Therersquo;s a subtle suggestion of vanilla and butter woven into the finish.
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.
A Wine Enthusiast Magazine perpetual Best Buy, this Washington state Chardonnay is hard to beat. Bright, lively flavors of pear and citrus with a delicate touch of toasty oak. Wine Spectator scored the 2008 90 points and said "Bright and jazzy, with pretty pineapple, grapefruit, elderflower and spice flavors that lingers on the finish without excess weight. This just floats on for a while."