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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 2007

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91 Points - Wine AdvocateThe 2007 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay was sourced from a site planted in 1973. Over half the blend was fermented with natural yeasts in 55per new French oak and aged sur lie

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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

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,306
4.00 5
10/26/2009

Tight and taut on the nose with restrained fruit and moderately heavy, sweet, walnutty oak. In the mouth this is big and rich with excellent acids but a thick, almost chewy texture that can be a bit much for many people. This just feels a bit unintegrated with the acid floating above the rich fruit. There are some really attractive peachy undertones on the palate and a touch of honied complexity leading into the finish where this really begins to shine. The finish is long and layered with notes of lemon curd, honeycomb, toasty butterscotch and that continuing undercurrent of peachy fruit. This is a lot of wine, but it’s certainly not for everyone. 89pts


Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard

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Snooth User: 1rockiesfan
725240651
5.00 5
11/06/2011

Loved this wine I drank it at a party and the bottle went so fast I savored my only glass for at least an hour. Did not want this wine to end


Snooth User: nevgal
20140831
3.50 5
05/14/2012

Fruity, but not too sweet.


Snooth User: tata823
70095514
0.00 5
12/29/2010

Found it too sweet.


Snooth User: Gain9reen
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5.00 5
07/23/2010

Official..!!really enjoyed it....the bottle vanished.;)


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard

External Review
04/13/2011

WA 91 Pts - According To The Wine Advocate - The 2007 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay was sourced from a site planted in 1973. Over half the blend was fermented with natural yeasts in 55% new French oak and aged sur lie for 9 months. Light gold-colored, it offers up notes of toasty oak, baked apple, and butterscotch. Riper, rounder, and fuller in body than its two siblings, it has outstanding depth, concentration, and length. It may well evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2015. Winemaker's Notes - Cold Creek Chardonnay is typified by concentration and intensity from the 30-year-old vines and warmth of the site. This Chardonnay exhibits aromas of apple and lemon with toast flavors on the finish. The Cold Creek Chardonnay is our biggest Chardonnay with weight and body, but the 2007 also shows great balance and a restrained finish.


External Review
07/27/2010

Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay 2005 Cold Creek 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
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

91 Points - Wine AdvocateThe 2007 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay was sourced from a site planted in 1973. Over half the blend was fermented with natural yeasts in 55% new French oak and aged sur lie


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
08/24/2010

91 Points - Wine Advocate"The 2007 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay was sourced from a site planted in 1973. Over half the blend was fermented with natural yeasts in 55% new French oak and aged sur lie for 9 months. Light gold-colored, it offers up notes of toasty oak, baked apple, and butterscotch. Riper, rounder, and fuller in body than its two siblings, it has outstanding depth, concentration, and length. It may well evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2015." -October 31, 2009



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91 Points - Wine AdvocateThe 2007 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay was sourced from a site planted in 1973. Over half the blend was fermented with natural yeasts in 55per new French oak and aged sur lie

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