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Chateau Ste Michelle Harvest Select Riesling Columbia Valley 2015

Member Review by Zuiko:

Nice nectarine nose but a fairly simple wine. Needs a bit more acid to balance the sugar. No botrytis complexity as one would like to see from a late harvest Riesling. A bit awkward. My rating--86.

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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

Member Reviews for Chateau Ste Michelle Harvest Select Riesling Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: Zuiko
540750835
2.50 5
Vintage: 2013 10/31/2014

Nice nectarine nose but a fairly simple wine. Needs a bit more acid to balance the sugar. No botrytis complexity as one would like to see from a late harvest Riesling. A bit awkward. My rating--86.


Snooth User: Zuiko
540750835
1.50 5
Vintage: 2012 08/01/2013

The 2012 HARVEST SELECT IS LIGHTER THAN THE 2011. It is characterized by nectarine but has a short finish. It has a light body and is simple. I'm not impressed. No Botrytis. My rating 75.


Snooth User: Zuiko
540750835
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 04/08/2012

This 2011 is an improvement over the 2010. For years, Ste Michelle's Rieslings were just a shadow of their single vineyard wines. With this wine, there seems to be a change. The fruit is much more intense than what I was expecting. It also has a longer finish and a nicer flavor profile. Sweetness is similar to a Rhine district Spatlese or Mosel Auslese.


Snooth User: Aegelis
515574460
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 02/06/2016

Sweet wet white wine with only the slightest bit of tart / dry in the finish. Agreeable, drinkable and stand alone, though would also pair well with a light dinner or cheese plate. A memorable treat with character that's likely to induce a craving every few months.


Snooth User: freerangeathlete
848143286
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 12/23/2012

Pretty good. I had low expectations but was very surprised. Would have liked a little more acid but it still wasn't too sweet for me.


Snooth User: rambleon
46138619
5.00 5
Vintage: 2011 01/09/2011

This is one of very few riesling's I have tried and is one of my favorites. It is sweet, but not overly and almost a sparkling hint in there. I love it!


Snooth User: rorton
69867311
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 01/11/2011

One of the best I have had in a long time, too bad I have to go to Atlanta to find it lol


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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%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 02/03/2016

TASTING NOTES: “Our Harvest Select Riesling is made in a slightly sweeter style than our Columbia Valley Riesling but still shows the elements of classic Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling. It offers beautiful crisp Washington Riesling character with rich flavors of ripe peaches. I call this wine a bowl of fruit in a glass! The fresh fruit and decadent character is balanced with crisp acidity to keep the wine in harmony. This is a perfect patio sipping wine or would be a great match with Thai food.” - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker Total acidity: 0.68 g/100 ml pH: 2.96 Residual sugar: 4.2g/100 ml Alcohol: 11%


External Review
Vintage: 2013 07/16/2015

Sweet and silky, offering a range of orange peel and tangerine accents to the pineapple flavors, finishing with restraint. Drink now. 245,000 cases made.


External Review
Vintage: 2013 01/16/2015

Sweet and silky, offering a range of orange peel and tangerine accents to the pineapple flavors, finishing with restraint. Drink now.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 04/29/2015

Our Harvest Select Riesling is made in a slightly sweeter style than our “Columbia Valley Riesling” but still shows the elements of classic Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling. It offers beautiful crisp Washington Riesling character with rich flavors of ripe peaches. I call this wine a bowl of fruit in a glass! The fresh fruit and decadent character is balanced with crisp acidity to keep the wine in harmony. This is a perfect patio sipping wine or would be a great match with Thai food. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker Total acidity: 0.67 g/100 ml pH: 3.02 Residual sugar: 4.30g/100 ml Alcohol: 10.5%


External Review
Vintage: 2013 01/16/2015

Bright and appley in its initial scents, this isn’t as sweet as the name might imply. It’s buoyed by a brisk, dusty acidity that provides the spine to pair with seafood curry.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 07/02/2013

The Harvest Select Sweet Riesling is made in a slightly sweeter style than our "Columbia Valley Riesling" but still shows the classic elements of Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling. It offers rich flavors of ripe peaches and apricot that are balanced by crisp acidity. - Bob Bertheau, WinemakerTotal acidity: 0.73g/100 mlph: 2.92Residual sugar: 4.71g/100 mlAlcohol: 10.5%


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