External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard
Canoe Ridge Estate, located in Washington's newest appellation, Horse Heaven Hills, was planted by Chateau Ste. Michelle and Chalone in 1989. Chateau Ste. Michelle farms the acreage facing the Columbia River, which moderates the region's temperature and promotes even ripening. The 2004 growing season was hot, but a cool fall developed aromas and flavors and preserved the acidity in the grapes. Winemaker Bob Bertheau fermented the wine in French oak barrels, one-third new.
A fruit-centered wine, this sings with pear, grapefruit and peach aromas and flavors, perched enticingly on a lithe frame, with subdued oak notes lingering around the periphery. It's the texture, though, that makes it so attractive, polished and refined. Drink now through 2010.
Pale yellow. Floral, leesy aromas of star fruit, lemon and sexy, nutty oak. Fat, sweet, supple and seamless, with a rather exotic pineapple tone and just enough grip. Could use a bit more complexity but this is ripe and sweet.
A smashing success, this exceptional value is loaded with the typical fruit flavors of cut green apple, pineapple and melon. The fruit is set in a creamy frame and finished with beautifully restrained oak accents that support it without burying it.
Polished, spicy and balanced, with zippy lime flavors, this shows notes of pineapple and pear, with appealing hints of minerality on the finish. Drink now through 2012.
On the lighter side for this vineyard: bright youthful and appealing for its jazzy pear, spice and vanilla flavors that linger on the brisk, lively finish. Drink now through 2001.
An excellent value, the 2004 Chardonnay Canoe Ridge Estate (9,000 cases) is fashioned from 12 year old vines. Its creamy, spicy aromas lead to a plush, sultry character. Medium to full-bodied, it blossoms on the attack to reveal loads of dense white fruit flavors in a sumptuously hedonistic format. Bottled unfiltered, this sexy fruit-bomb may not satisfy intellectual urges but it certainly appeases the corporal ones! Drink it over the next 2-3 years.