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Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This smells lightly tropical on the nose with peach base notes covered with hints of guava and mint. A little trapped CO2 leaves a touch of fizz on the palate. This is round with mouth-filling breadth. It sits rather low on the tongue delivering lightly sweet flavors of pineapple, Meyer lemon and melon that turn pithy on the modest finish. Easy to drink and fresh, if slightly disjointed today. 84pts

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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 Dry Riesling

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,180
0.00 5
07/16/2012

This smells lightly tropical on the nose with peach base notes covered with hints of guava and mint. A little trapped CO2 leaves a touch of fizz on the palate. This is round with mouth-filling breadth. It sits rather low on the tongue delivering lightly sweet flavors of pineapple, Meyer lemon and melon that turn pithy on the modest finish. Easy to drink and fresh, if slightly disjointed today. 84pts


Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling

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Snooth User: InWineTruth
2201061,634
3.50 5
01/31/2012

2009 Vintage - Golden straw hue, aromas of stone fruits and wet hay; bright acidity and viscous body of tropical fruits, kiwis, with a metallic backbone carried through a medium-long and clean finish. A nicely made value food wine!


Snooth User: Sara Weinbrom
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3.50 5
07/16/2012

Really well balanced with notes of stone fruit. A great summer wine!


Snooth User: Eric Tinch
1008308221
3.50 5
01/16/2012

Great wine for appetizers and very good for the price ($10).


Snooth User: CabFan85
80415577
5.00 5
03/23/2011

Great wine. for $10 it was wonderful. Full of fruit (pear). Rich and great flavor. would buy it again.


Snooth User: Mihkel13
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5.00 5
01/03/2012

I like it. I find some notes of oili petrol and nice balance. Not something to forgot. For this price the wine is wonderful.

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Drink and enjoy!

Snooth User: dawnlr
101225832
3.50 5
01/09/2012

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2012 12/09/2013

The Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling is a crisp, dry and refreshing style of Riesling. It exhibits fresh flavors of white peach and mandarin orange, and ends with a clean finish.



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