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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Ethos 2005

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“ As the pinnacle of Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay, my vision for Ethos is old world complexity and elegance with concentrated Washington fruit. Sourced predominately from our vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate, the 2005 Ethos Chardonnay shows the delicacy of Canoe Ridge Estate fruit, but with complexity from natural fermentation. Aromas and flavors of green apple, lemon and toasted hazelnuts lead to a soft, elegant, restrained finish. Serve this with foods that aren’t too complicated, like grilled fish, as the wine truly wants to be the star of the meal… so let it! With this third vintage of Ethos Chardonnay, we are finding that these age extremely well. If you have a proper storage location, lay a few bottles down and watch the development... I think you will be amazed.”

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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 Ethos

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Snooth User: chefjds
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4.00 5
05/09/2011

Tasted on 5/8/11 Deep golden color witha little haziness. Very concentrated with a great balance of sweetness and toastiness. Reminded me of Cracker Jacks actually. Some acidity remained so this wine could remain cellared for a few more years.


Snooth User: GoldFork
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2.00 5
11/13/2013

Two glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Ethos

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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay 2005 Ethos 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.


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Source: WineChateau.com
03/27/2010

My goal for the Ethos Chardonnay is Old World 'Burgundian' complexity and elegance with concentrated Washington fruit. Nearly half of the fruit came from our Cold Creek Vineyard and shows the rich deep intensity of Cold Creek's 30-year-old vines. The mostly natural fermentation contributes to the complexity of the wine. This is a Chardonnayto cellar and will age beautifully


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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewRated 91My favorite of the four here is the 2005 Chardonnay Ethos, a barrel selection of the best Canoe Ridge and Cold Creek Vineyard fruit. A third of the wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts in 60% new French oak and remained on its lees for eight months. It has the most expressive aromatics, a broad, full-flavored palate, and a smooth texture. It will drink well over the next 3-5 years.



“ As the pinnacle of Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay, my vision for Ethos is old world complexity and elegance with concentrated Washington fruit. Sourced predominately from our vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate, the 2005 Ethos Chardonnay shows the delicacy of Canoe Ridge Estate fruit, but with complexity from natural fermentation. Aromas and flavors of green apple, lemon and toasted hazelnuts lead to a soft, elegant, restrained finish. Serve this with foods that aren’t too complicated, like grilled fish, as the wine truly wants to be the star of the meal… so let it! With this third vintage of Ethos Chardonnay, we are finding that these age extremely well. If you have a proper storage location, lay a few bottles down and watch the development... I think you will be amazed.”

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