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Crown Wine & Spirits USD 14.97 750ml

Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Syrah 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A bit chocolately on the nose with a light meaty undertone and some herbal spice and juniper tones framing plummy fruit. This opens with good precision on the palate, fine acids supporting clear, mineral tinged plum fruit with soft tannins barely peaking through. The mid-palate sees a more pronounced oak impact with some gentle spice tones that lead a minty, fresh, clean finish. This is a bit tight right now but well focused with pure fruit and gentle oak influences that add complexity without obscuring the fruit. 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 Syrah

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/08/2010

A bit chocolately on the nose with a light meaty undertone and some herbal spice and juniper tones framing plummy fruit. This opens with good precision on the palate, fine acids supporting clear, mineral tinged plum fruit with soft tannins barely peaking through. The mid-palate sees a more pronounced oak impact with some gentle spice tones that lead a minty, fresh, clean finish. This is a bit tight right now but well focused with pure fruit and gentle oak influences that add complexity without obscuring the fruit. 90pts


Member Reviews for Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Syrah

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Snooth User: carter crazy
78108028
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/04/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: nypoet22
27394681
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/23/2011

more pepper than berry at first, the finish is surprisingly gentle. i loved the balance. wine spectator gives it an 87, but i think this bottle deserves a point or two higher.


Snooth User: tbuckallew
85089029
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/07/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,963
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 12/08/2009

Bright sweet juicy nose with a strong bacon note. Huge spiced full-bodied black cherry explosion in the mouth that starts with eucalyptus and slowly fades into a complex leathery peppery finish. Lots going on in this wine, and it's all good.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,574
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 12/08/2009

Nice thick nose of plums and cherry. A very dense wine with some light leather and cedar flavors. White pepper on the mid palate before moving to an even spicier finish. Very nice.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,546
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 12/08/2009

Really rich blackberry, cherry, chocolate nose with whisky notes and vanilla. Something like caramel or toffee drizzled on top, but it doesn't taste like a dessert, with its strong tannins and long body. Very relaxing to drink.


Snooth User: rjpease
3949851,035
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 09/22/2010

This is a very dense wine, lots of cherries and plums on the nose. The finish is rich, with hints of caramel, leather and pepper. Nice rich lingering flavor.


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Syrah

External Review
Vintage: 2012 02/27/2017

Washington State’s Columbia Valley has been recognized as a superb location for growing the Syrah and Chateau Ste. Michelle has proven it can be done superbly and affordably. 2011 was an excellent vintage with cool temperatures early and late during a typically hot, dry summer. The grapes were harvested at full ripeness from vineyards in the Wahluke Slope, an ideal growing region for Rhone varietals with intense color and flavor. Slow, careful fermentation was followed by 18 months in French and American oak barrels. 3% Viognier was fermented with the Syrah as is traditionally done in the Northern Rhone (this adds brightness and perfume to this hardy big-boned red) and small amounts of Mourvedre (2%) and Grenache (1%) were blended in. Wine Spectator said "Bright and minerally, with a stony note weaving through the red berry and green tea flavors, lingering pleasantly against fine tannins. Drink now through 2018." On Sale!


External Review
Vintage: 2011 12/12/2014

Washington State’s Columbia Valley has been recognized as a superb location for growing the Syrah and Chateau Ste. Michelle has proven it can be done superbly and affordably. 2011 was an excellent vintage with cool temperatures early and late during a typically hot, dry summer. The grapes were harvested at full ripeness from vineyards in the Wahluke Slope, an ideal growing region for Rhone varietals with intense color and flavor. Slow, careful fermentation was followed by 18 months in French and American oak barrels. 3% Viognier was fermented with the Syrah as is traditionally done in the Northern Rhone (this adds brightness and perfume to this hardy big-boned red) and small amounts of Mourvedre (2%) and Grenache (1%) were blended in. Wine Spectator scored it 90 points saying "Fresh and vibrant, this is polished in texture, glowing with blackberry, black olive and licorice flavors that flow smoothly into the long finish. Drink now through 2017." On Sale!


External Review
Vintage: 2009 02/08/2012

The Columbia Valley Syrah is a soft, ripe Syrah with ripe berry fruit aromas and flavors with hints of vanilla and brown sugar spice.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/21/2012

White pepper spice aromas lead to rich black cherry and blackberry jam flavors. This is a soft, lush and jammy style of Syrah with a lingering coffee, brambleberry finish.


Vintage: 2007 11/12/2010

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Very much keyed on direct, easy-to-taste berry-like fruit and a bit low on identifiable varietal spice, this rounded, low-tannin middleweight seems meant for drinking before too many years have passed. It may want for strength, but it will do a nice job in washing down simply grilled meats, and its price is right.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


Vintage: 2007 07/05/2011

"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Very much keyed on direct


External Review
Vintage: 2007 03/27/2010

The Columbia Valley Syrah is a soft, ripe Syrah with dark ripe berryfruit aromas and fl avors with hints of vanilla and brown sugar spice.The 2006 Syrah was co-fermented with Viognier for an even brighterand softer style of Syrah. This is an enjoyable, easy-to-drink red.'


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