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Chateau Ste Michelle Harvest Select Riesling Columbia Valley 2015

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Tasting Notes Our Harvest Select Riesling is made in a slightly sweeter style than our Columbia Valley Riesling but still shows the classic Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling character. It offers rich flavors of ripe peaches balanced with crisp Washington Riesling acidity. It’s like a bowl of fruit in a glass! This wine is a great match with Thai food. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker Vintage: • The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington state. • Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest. • Overall, 2015 saw optimal ripening across varieties and yielded outstanding wines throughout the region. Vineyards: • Columbia Valley vineyards lie in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains and receive just 6-8 inches of rainfall annually. • Warm, sunny days and cool evening temperatures create ideal conditions for intense aroma and flavor development in the ripening grapes. • A northerly latitude gives the Columbia Valley roughly two more hours of sunlight daily during the peak-growing season than California, increasing the region’s ability to ripen fruit. Winemaking: • Riesling grapes were harvested in October at the peak of flavor. • Fermentation temperatures were maintained at 50-55 degrees F to preserve Riesling’s fresh and fruity character. • We feature the “Riesling Taste Profile” scale on the back label to illustrate that this Riesling is made in a “medium-sweet” style. Total acidity: 0.68 g/100 ml pH: 3.05 Residual sugar: 4.70 g/100 ml Alcohol: 10.5%

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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 Harvest Select Riesling Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/28/2018

Tasting Notes Our Harvest Select Riesling is made in a slightly sweeter style than our Columbia Valley Riesling but still shows the classic Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling character. It offers rich flavors of ripe peaches balanced with crisp Washington Riesling acidity. It’s like a bowl of fruit in a glass! This wine is a great match with Thai food. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker Vintage: • The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington state. • Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest. • Overall, 2015 saw optimal ripening across varieties and yielded outstanding wines throughout the region. Vineyards: • Columbia Valley vineyards lie in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains and receive just 6-8 inches of rainfall annually. • Warm, sunny days and cool evening temperatures create ideal conditions for intense aroma and flavor development in the ripening grapes. • A northerly latitude gives the Columbia Valley roughly two more hours of sunlight daily during the peak-growing season than California, increasing the region’s ability to ripen fruit. Winemaking: • Riesling grapes were harvested in October at the peak of flavor. • Fermentation temperatures were maintained at 50-55 degrees F to preserve Riesling’s fresh and fruity character. • We feature the “Riesling Taste Profile” scale on the back label to illustrate that this Riesling is made in a “medium-sweet” style. Total acidity: 0.68 g/100 ml pH: 3.05 Residual sugar: 4.70 g/100 ml Alcohol: 10.5%



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