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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard 2009

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Lean and spicy, this white features an earthy edge to the pear and tobacco accents. Very good value and competes quite well with some famous west coast chards with much higher prices.

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

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/16/2012

Lean and spicy, this white features an earthy edge to the pear and tobacco flavors. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/02/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/02/2012

Smooth and fragrant, with tobacco and peach pit overtones to the apple and stone fruit flavors, finishing with polish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/02/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/16/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Rich with scents of applesauce and melted butter, this wineandrsquo;s flavors are broad, in the realm of pineapple, with a sweet finish.


External Review
11/15/2012

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.


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Lean and spicy, this white features an earthy edge to the pear and tobacco accents. Very good value and competes quite well with some famous west coast chards with much higher prices.

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