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Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris Columbia Valley Washington State 2007
Tasting NotesOur Pinot Gris falls between the lighter Italian Pinot Grigio style and the richer, rounder Pinot Gris from Alsace. The Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris offers fresh aromas and flavors of pear, fig and a hint of spice. A touch of Viognier contributes texture and an attractive floral character. I like this wine with scallops or halibut. -Bob Bertheau, WinemakerVintage The 2007 growing season was similar to the 2005 vintage warm at the beginning and average temperatures throughout the rest of the season with excellent ripening conditions.In May, two weeks before bloom, we saw a week of 100 degree temperatures. This heat spike lead to smaller canopy which allowed for more light penetration and contributed to overall good flavor development in the fruit. The hot temperatures also contributed to smaller berries with concentrated flavors.Weather conditions during the summer and throughout harvest were ideal with mild to average temperatures.VineyardsCooler sites of the Yakima Valley produce the grapes for our Pinot Gris.The regions sunny days and cool nights allow for gradual flavor develop-ment of the fruit. Columbia Valley vineyards lie in the rain shadow of the CascadeMountains and receive just 6-8 inches of rainfall annually.Well-drained soils at these sites enhance fruit character.Winemaking Pinot Gris grapes were picked under cool nighttime skies to preserve the varietys bright, juicy style.A long, cool four-week fermentation in stainless steel tanks enhanced the floral and citrus characters.Small percentage of the juice (less than 5%) was fermented in old French oak barrels for a slightly softer mouthfeel.After fermentation, the wine was quickly prepared for bottling to preserve the freshness of this delicate varietal.Technical DataTotal Acidity: 0.57g /100mlpH: 3.38Alcohol: 13.5%Blend: 92% Pinot Gris, 8% ViognierFood PairingsFoods: shellfish, cream-based dishes, cheese & fruitHerbs: tarragon, anise
Scent is "thick" and syrupy. It is a bit spritzy, with a smooth, soft lemon flavor.
Surprisingly tasty, esp. for price. Varietally correct; floral nose w/ apples & hint of sweetness on palate, slightly fat mouthfeel, shorter, mildly creamy finish.
This bottle seemed not quite as good as the last, seemed more acidic and a little off; maybe just because my expectations were higher this time. Still a decent value & totally drinkable.
External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris Columbia Valley Washington State
Fresh aromas and flavors of ripe honeydew melon and crisp green apple. A touch of Viognier contributes an attractive floral note. The wine has an elegant finish and a refreshing crispness that makes it very food friendly.
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