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Chateau Ste Michelle Dry Riesling Columbia Valley 2012

External Review by WineExpress.com:

With their many exceptional releases over many years, Chateau Ste. Michelle have proven without a doubt that the Columbia Valley is an ideal region for Riesling. As we see from this lush, dry example, the grapes bring expression character and dimension that's hard to achieve in other regions. Of Chateau Ste. Michelle has the experience, access and expertise to bring out the best in Riesling. This wine was designated a "Best Value" by Wine Spectator and a "Best Buy" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine who said "Labeled dry, this nonetheless carries a hint of sweetness, at 70 g/L residual sugar. It’s fruity and fresh, with melon, citrus and peach prominent. A perfect summer sipping wine."

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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

External Reviews for Chateau Ste Michelle Dry Riesling Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

With their many exceptional releases over many years, Chateau Ste. Michelle have proven without a doubt that the Columbia Valley is an ideal region for Riesling. As we see from this lush, dry example, the grapes bring expression character and dimension that's hard to achieve in other regions. Of Chateau Ste. Michelle has the experience, access and expertise to bring out the best in Riesling. This wine was designated a "Best Value" by Wine Spectator and a "Best Buy" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine who said "Labeled dry, this nonetheless carries a hint of sweetness, at 70 g/L residual sugar. It’s fruity and fresh, with melon, citrus and peach prominent. A perfect summer sipping wine."



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