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Chateau Ste. Michelle 'Indian Wells' Chardonnay 2016

Member Review by vin0vin0:

A little more oak than I prefer but overall a decent chardonnay.

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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 'Indian Wells' Chardonnay

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 06/10/2012

A little more oak than I prefer but overall a decent chardonnay.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/14/2013

crisp golden apples, melon fruits, great aciditiy


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle 'Indian Wells' Chardonnay

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Vintage: 2014 02/10/2016

For this Indian Wells Chard, half of the fruit is sourced from vineyards in Washington’s Wahluke Slope. The Wahluke Slope is a cool growing area bordered on both the west and the south by the Columbia River. The region’s warm days cause the grapes to assert sweet citrus and tropical characteristics, while the cool nights promote good structure, balance and flavor intensity. The wine is 100% sur lie aged for five months to integrate the fruit and oak flavors and provide a rich mouthfeel. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 90 points and said “Barrel spice, pineapple, butterscotch and candlewax aromas are followed by full-bodied tropical-fruit flavors. It displays a lot of richness but retains its sense of balance."


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Vintage: 2012 04/07/2015

The Indian Wells Chardonnay by this producer continues to improve with each vintage. Here, the melding of luscious tropical fruit with buttery barrel flavors is just about perfect. Pineapple, Meyer lemon and candied oranges highlight the intense flavors, and the lushly-applied oak influences carry the full-bodied wine to hold a smooth, satisfying finish.


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Vintage: 2012 04/07/2015

Vivid, polished and distinctive, with an apricot tinge to the pear and cream flavors, lifted by delicate acidity. Comes together smoothly on the finish. Drink now through 2016.


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Vintage: 2011 10/10/2013

With an appealing tropical fruit character and rich, creamy texture, this wine delivers ripe sweet fruit flavors with caramel and brown sugar notes.


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Vintage: 2008 01/31/2012

The warmth of the Wahluke Slope produces Chardonnay with an appealing tropical fruit character and rich texture. The Indian Wells Chardonnay delivers ripe tropical pineapple flavors and showcases the luscious opulence of Washington fruit.



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