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Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Wine 2016

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Nice green herb nose with a touch of chili accenting the grapefruity tone that rise above a spicy, perfumed floral tone on the nose. This is fairly rich in the mouth, almost lush yet with vibrant acids that keep the wine from overwhelming the palate. The flavors are deep and fresh, redolent of peach with hints of lime and orange zest. The finish is crisp and fairly long with a nice fruity finale. A bolder style of Sauvignon that remains quite fruit driven without leaning too heavily to the grassy end of the spectrum 90pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Wine

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/27/2010

Nice green herb nose with a touch of chili accenting the grapefruity tone that rise above a spicy, perfumed floral tone on the nose. This is fairly rich in the mouth, almost lush yet with vibrant acids that keep the wine from overwhelming the palate. The flavors are deep and fresh, redolent of peach with hints of lime and orange zest. The finish is crisp and fairly long with a nice fruity finale. A bolder style of Sauvignon that remains quite fruit driven without leaning too heavily to the grassy end of the spectrum 90pts


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Snooth User: rckr1951
1275033,524
2.50 5
Vintage: 2013 05/11/2016

Good representation of the varietal. Melon, mango, peach (tropicals were good), a little white pepper and clove at the end. Slightly sweet, but not too much, and plenty of acidity to the aftertaste. Good wine - perfect for asian dishes and Easter ham. Paul 87 points


Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578087,032
2.50 5
Vintage: 2012 06/24/2013

Not a bad sauvignon blanc from Washington state. Somewhat simple, light, crisp, with a nice lemon mid-palate, not too much on the grapefruit side. Good acidity, decent balance and a good QPR.


3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 01/25/2011

I think I had the 2009. Nice. Semi-dry with just the right amount of sweetness. Typical gewurz with litchi, a little ginger, and citrus. Anything Chateau Ste. Michelle has been a good choice. Smooth finish. Pleasant and a bit unremarkable. 3.5


Snooth User: aashrest
129014259
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 07/07/2013

Three glasses


Snooth User: shsim
10326661,295
2.50 5
Vintage: 2010 02/29/2012

My first Gewürztraminer! Smells like a riesling, pear and apricot! Refreshing like champagne, has a little of the bubbliness, nice acidity giving it the crispness. Calming and smooth with notes of dried apricot, lychees (which I love!) and a certain mild spice (cannot figure out what..). It has a certain mild bitterness at the end. Medium dry finish and a nice coating in your mouth! I had it with grilled juicy Salmon and it was great!


Snooth User: boof88
730340237
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 12/30/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: r sprezzatura
354247747
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 11/07/2010

I purchased for $4.99. It is an easy to drink, enjoyable wine with some floral aromas, tastes of fruit and spice and good crisp acidity. It will pair well with spicy food, or be a good wine to drink on its own.


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Wine

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 02/15/2017

TASTING NOTES: A fan favorite, this Gewürztraminer is a flavorful wine with bright, expressive fruit and clove spice. This is a lush style of Gewürztraminer with intense floral character, yet it still maintains the grape’s natural crisp acidity. Try this wine with Thai food or any cuisine with a little “bite” to it. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker TA: 0.54 g/100 ml pH: 3.16 Residual sugar: 1.61 g/100 ml Alcohol: 12.5%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 09/01/2016

TASTING NOTES: A fan favorite, this Gewürztraminer is a flavorful wine with bright, expressive fruit and clove spice. This is a lush style of Gewürztraminer with intense floral character, yet it still maintains the grape’s natural crisp acidity. Try this wine with Thai food or any cuisine with a little “bite” to it.” - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker Total acidity: 0.62 g/100 ml pH: 2.92 Residual sugar: 1.43g/100 ml Alcohol: 12.5%


External Review
Vintage: 2013 07/28/2017

THE 2012 was number 18 on the Wine Enthusiast Magazine Top 100 Wines of 2013! Sourced from vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley, including Horse Heaven Vineyard. Sandy soils with low fertility and low water-holding capacity enable precise control of vine growth. Yeasts specifically designated for Sauvignon Blanc were used to initiate the three-week fermentation and release varietal aromas. Predominately stainless steel fermented to preserve Sauvignon Blanc's delicate fruit character but 3% was barrel fermentation for four months for added complexity.88% Sauvignon Blanc and 12% Semillon. Wine Enthusiast Magazine said about this "This is all Sauvignon Blanc, with a mix of herbal components including cilantro, chervil and lemon verbena. Crisp apple fruit flavors are also present. Overall it's a well-made, rather steely white wine."


External Review
Vintage: 2013 02/09/2016

Aromas of grass, fresh herbs and grapefruit with a clean, fresh finish. The mostly stainless steel fermentation makes this a crisp wine.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 12/11/2014

TASTING NOTES A fan favorite, this Gewürztraminer is such a flavorful wine with beautiful, expressive fruit and clove spice. This is a lush style of Gewurztraminer with a lot of floral character, yet it still maintains the grape’s natural crisp acidity. Try this wine with Thai food or any cuisine with a little “bite” to it. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker FOOD PAIRING Foods - crab, Asian dishes, chicken Herbs - cilantro, mint Total acidity: 0.62g/100ml ph: 3.02 Alcohol: 12.0% Residual Sugar: 1.70g/100ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 02/13/2014

A fan favorite, this Gewürztraminer is such an enjoyable wine with beautiful, expressive fruit and clove spice. This is a lush style of Gewurztraminer with a lot of floral character, yet it still maintains the grape's natural crisp acidity. A touch of Muscat offers citrus notes and a deeper spice note. Try this wine with Thai food or any cuisine with a little "bite" to it. - Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerBlend:98% Gewurztraminer2% MuscatTotal Acidity: 0.61g/100mlpH: 3.00Alcohol: 12.5%Residual Sugar: 1.60g/100ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 01/03/2013

A fan favorite, this Gewürztraminer is such an enjoyable wine with exuberant fruit and clove spice. This is a lush style of Gewürztraminer with a lot of floral character, yet it still maintains the grapes natural crisp character. A touch of Muscat offers citrus notes and a deeper spice character. Try this wine with Thai food or any cuisine with a little "bite" to it. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker


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