Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard 2005

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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 Horse Heaven Hills Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard

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Snooth User: winelog
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0.00 5
06/16/2009

Drunk at the Morton's Riedel tasting.


Snooth User: tallum2
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2.00 5
05/28/2009

Two glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


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