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Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris Columbia Valley Washington State 2007

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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

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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

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Snooth User: GoinGray
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3.00 5
04/30/2009

Scent is "thick" and syrupy. It is a bit spritzy, with a smooth, soft lemon flavor.


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5.00 5
06/21/2009

Fabulous

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Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

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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Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

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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

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