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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Ethos 2007

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

The nose opens with lightly sweet nuttiness and a gentle overlay of smoky wood spice. The fruit is restrained and subdued on the nose with soft layers of quince, apple and dried lemon peel. In the mouth this is soft and broad yet with very fresh fruit flavors reinforced by bright acidity. The mid-palate features nice richness with a faint edge of sweetness to the orange toned peach flavors. The finish is long and tense with more of a citrus/pineapple character that leads to a light caramel finale. This has lovely barrel fermented character with a rather light, fresh feel and refreshing finish. 91pts

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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 Ethos

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
11/08/2010

The nose opens with lightly sweet nuttiness and a gentle overlay of smoky wood spice. The fruit is restrained and subdued on the nose with soft layers of quince, apple and dried lemon peel. In the mouth this is soft and broad yet with very fresh fruit flavors reinforced by bright acidity. The mid-palate features nice richness with a faint edge of sweetness to the orange toned peach flavors. The finish is long and tense with more of a citrus/pineapple character that leads to a light caramel finale. This has lovely barrel fermented character with a rather light, fresh feel and refreshing finish. 91pts




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