Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard 2009
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Though itrsquo;s had some extra time in the bottle, the oaky edges of this wine still seem a little rough and tumble. Or maybe itrsquo;s the banana cream pie flavors mdash; appealing in their way, but opposite end of the spectrum from, say, the minerality of a Chablis. Front loaded, creamy and rich, this has generous amounts of the oak and toast that many consumers crave.
Smooth and fragrant, with tobacco and peach pit overtones to the apple and stone fruit flavors, finishing with polish. Drink now.
The Chardonnay offerings begin with the 2008 Chardonnay Indian Wells. Light gold-colored, it displays a nose of toast, pear, melon, and baking spices (thyme and tarragon). On the palate this medium-bodied effort has good volume, spicy flavors, and a lengthy finish. It is an excellent value in quality Chardonnay.
Lean and spicy, this white features an earthy edge to the pear and tobacco flavors. Drink now.
Bright yellow. Aromas of nectarine, tropical fruits, caramel and butterscotch. Supple and plump, with oak-dominated flavors of butterscotch, resin and vanilla. In a sweeter style, but I wanted a bit more fruit and definition. Finishes with a saline nuance.
The Vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate was planted in 1991 by our vineyard manager Mimi Nye and the Canoe Ridge Estate winery was built in 1993 to accommodate our growing world-class wine portfolio.
Higher-end than the classic Columbia Valley bottling, but not overly heavy or dense, the Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Chardonnay is fresh and well-balanced, with lemon, pear and banana fruit notes and just a hint of caramel on the smooth finish.