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Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2016

Member Review by vin0vin0:

Simple but nice Washington state chardonnay. Clean and crisp with some decent lemon cream notes and just a touch of pear. Fairly light but decent acidity and a short finish. Very good QPR.

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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 Columbia Valley Chardonnay

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,037
2.50 5
Vintage: 2013 11/08/2014

Simple but nice Washington state chardonnay. Clean and crisp with some decent lemon cream notes and just a touch of pear. Fairly light but decent acidity and a short finish. Very good QPR.


Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,742
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 11/28/2014

Citrus with melon notes. Simple wine with light oak on the finish.


Snooth User: Coastalcorks
238122234
2.00 5
Vintage: 2011 07/07/2010

A little sharp, with hints of pear and pineapple. Not as buttery as I'd hoped. Still a very nice wine for the price.


Snooth User: FrednMaria
4563058
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 04/16/2010

Early Pineapple nose, catching a little pear. Green apple, slightly tart across the palette. A nice, bright Chard! And at only 10 bucks, affordable too!


Snooth User: albh111
51747180
1.00 5
Vintage: 2011 06/28/2010

One glass


Snooth User: Craig Bilodeau
10426871,237
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 04/20/2012

Well balanced; only a hint of oak, great fruit, and light caramel give way to green apple.


Snooth User: donealrice
932080237
0.00 5
Vintage: 2009 07/23/2012

A favorite of husband and in our circle of friends. Not for me but I generally do not care for chars. This one drier and crisper than typical for the variety so I know why they liked. UPC 088586603846.


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
06/05/2018

TASTING NOTES: The Columbia Valley Chardonnay is a pleasurable, food-friendly Chardonnay. It is crafted in a fresh, soft style with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character with subtle spice and oak nuances. We blend Chardonnay grapes from vineyards throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley to make this a complex, interesting wine. The sur lie aging gives it an appealing richness. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker FOOD PAIRING: Foods: Crab, poultry, salmon, scallops Herbs: Ginger, lemon zest, tarragon, thyme Total acidity: 0.55 g/100 ml pH: 3.57 Alcohol: 13.5%


External Review
11/29/2017

A Wine Enthusiast Magazine perpetual Best Buy, this Washington state Chardonnay is hard to beat. 65% barrel fermented and the rest fermented in tank to maintain the bright fruit flavors. Malolactic fermentation follows yeast fermentation for added richness and complexity and the wine is aged sur lie for more than six months in a mix of French and American oak barrels (35% new) with regular stirrings to add richness and integrate the fruit and oak flavors. This 2016 is again a Best Buy in Wine Enthusiast Magazine who said "This wine has a throwback label to celebrate Chateau Ste Michelle’s 50th anniversary. Up front aromas of clarified butter, peach and spice are followed by medium bodied stone fruit flavors. It’s a very varietal crowd pleaser."


External Review
Vintage: 2015 04/18/2017

A Wine Enthusiast Magazine perpetual Best Buy, this Washington state Chardonnay is hard to beat. 65% barrel fermented and the rest fermented in tank to maintain the bright fruit flavors. Malolactic fermentation follows yeast fermentation for added richness and complexity and the wine is aged sur lie for more than six months in a mix of French and American oak barrels (35% new) with regular stirrings to add richness and integrate the fruit and oak flavors. This 2015 is again a Best Buy in Wine Enthusiast Magazine who said "The warmth of the vintage shows through on the fruit of this wine, which is chock-full of pineapple and other tropical aromas and flavors, sweetened by light barrel accents. It's a guaranteed crowd pleaser and a spot-on example of the variety."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 11/16/2016

TASTING NOTES: The Columbia Valley Chardonnay is a pleasurable, food-friendly Chardonnay. It is crafted in a fresh, soft style with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character with subtle spice and oak nuances. We blend Chardonnay grapes from vineyards throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley to make this a complex, interesting wine. The sur lie aging gives it an appealing richness. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker FOOD PAIRING: Foods: Crab, poultry, salmon, scallops Herbs: Ginger, lemon zest, tarragon, thyme Total acidity: 0.53 g/100 ml pH: 3.50 Alcohol: 14%


External Review
Vintage: 2014 09/01/2015

A Wine Enthusiast Magazine perpetual Best Buy and a "Best Value" in the Wine Spectator, this Washington state Chardonnay is hard to beat. 65% barrel fermented and the rest fermented in tank to maintain the bright fruit flavors. Malolactic fermentation follows yeast fermentation for added richness and complexity and the wine is aged sur lie for more than six months in a mix of French and American oak barrels (35% new) with regular stirrings to add richness and integrate the fruit and oak flavors. The 2013 scored 91 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This 2014 hasn't been rated yet but it's clearly another Best Buy winner with notes of butterscotch, pear and pineapple with toasty barrel accents and a creamy mouthfeel.


External Review
Vintage: 2014 08/27/2015

A Wine Enthusiast Magazine perpetual Best Buy and a "Best Value" in the Wine Spectator, this Washington state Chardonnay is hard to beat. 65% barrel fermented and the rest fermented in tank to maintain the bright fruit flavors. Malolactic fermentation follows yeast fermentation for added richness and complexity and the wine is aged sur lie for more than six months in a mix of French and American oak barrels (35% new) with regular stirrings to add richness and integrate the fruit and oak flavors. This 2013 scored 91 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This 2014 hasn't been rated yet but it's clearly another Best Buy winner with notes of butterscotch, pear and pineapple with toasty barrel accents and a creamy mouthfeel.


External Review
Vintage: 2014 08/10/2016

A Wine Enthusiast Magazine perpetual Best Buy and a "Best Value" in the Wine Spectator, this Washington state Chardonnay is hard to beat. 65% barrel fermented and the rest fermented in tank to maintain the bright fruit flavors. Malolactic fermentation follows yeast fermentation for added richness and complexity and the wine is aged sur lie for more than six months in a mix of French and American oak barrels (35% new) with regular stirrings to add richness and integrate the fruit and oak flavors. Wine Spectator said "On the lighter side, with lemon curd and spice flavors on a sleek frame, picking up fresh green fig notes as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2018."


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