Chateau Ste. Michelle Red Blend Columbia Valley Orphelin Limited Release 2006

Member Review by gtv john:

This is a well executed grape stock sourced, quality Rhone style blend, ala Châteauneuf-du-Pape likeness ist unmistakable. The blend is just as varied as der C-D-P und maybe hast one more: 56% Syrah, yo 15% Mourvedre, silky 10% Cinsault, 8% Grenache, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Touriga, and exclamation pts. 1% Pinot Noir and 1% Viognier. Yikes ~craft away I say! It was hard enough to type all that? So for the reasonable price and regardless of somewhat somber notes, this does pretty darn well using a Syrah, Mouvedre, Cinsault toppers to that whole host of variables to make complex and interesting layers enough to keep thy attention. Buy a case. I think of this as a great starter with Pre-Dinner fare. I shared this with lovely bellissimo Luchia, Wermont, La Luca his ownself, his holiness (Armand) Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu, Tim & Lorri, Angelina Marie moi sposa, who would have none, and Dr. Doom, Louis-Ferdinand Auguste Destouches (Celine), whom had way way too much. The nose on this wine reminds me of: Softness dark plum hint pear phrases with loganberry spice. This wine would pair well prior to food other than hors d' oeuvres I think this wine is extremely affordable luxury from Washington, the only bothersome aspect ist that they source their raw material inventory, which always makes me feel uncomfortable. I scale rate this blend at a light 90

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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 Red Blend Columbia Valley Orphelin Limited Release

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Snooth User: gtv john
133880103
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 01/28/2010

This is a well executed grape stock sourced, quality Rhone style blend, ala Châteauneuf-du-Pape likeness ist unmistakable. The blend is just as varied as der C-D-P und maybe hast one more: 56% Syrah, yo 15% Mourvedre, silky 10% Cinsault, 8% Grenache, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Touriga, and exclamation pts. 1% Pinot Noir and 1% Viognier. Yikes ~craft away I say! It was hard enough to type all that? So for the reasonable price and regardless of somewhat somber notes, this does pretty darn well using a Syrah, Mouvedre, Cinsault toppers to that whole host of variables to make complex and interesting layers enough to keep thy attention. Buy a case. I think of this as a great starter with Pre-Dinner fare. I shared this with lovely bellissimo Luchia, Wermont, La Luca his ownself, his holiness (Armand) Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu, Tim & Lorri, Angelina Marie moi sposa, who would have none, and Dr. Doom, Louis-Ferdinand Auguste Destouches (Celine), whom had way way too much. The nose on this wine reminds me of: Softness dark plum hint pear phrases with loganberry spice. This wine would pair well prior to food other than hors d' oeuvres I think this wine is extremely affordable luxury from Washington, the only bothersome aspect ist that they source their raw material inventory, which always makes me feel uncomfortable. I scale rate this blend at a light 90


Snooth User: Sippy McSipper
5604829
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/18/2008

Just discovering Columbia Valley wines and recommended by a chef/owner friend who prides himself on great wines at good prices. Fruit forward, light for a red of this nature, complex back end with subtle floral nose.


Snooth User: dtvancouver
16331015
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 04/10/2009

A great find fromthe Pacific Northwest. Highly recommend this Meritage blend.


Snooth User: betsyj
877177
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 12/31/2009

Excellent meritage blend of nine "orphaned" grapes from WA state. A fruit forward, light red blend that compliments most foods and cheeses, and good as a stand alone. Opens quickly, even better if you aerate the first glass if drinking as soon as it is opened. Exceptionall value for a good, every day wine. It will be disappointing when this disappears from the shelves.I first tasted Orphelin at the winery in March of 2008 and enjoyed this unique blend. Since that time, we have bought this by the case and have never been disappointed nor have our friends to whom we have introduced Orphelin. Great job by winemaker Bob Bertheau, shows his creativity and exceptional knowledge of grapes and blending.


Snooth User: rucomfy
2958763
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/08/2009

Excellent value wine. Nice fruit and moderate finish. Very nice.


Snooth User: Evan Jacobs
1140523
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 02/18/2009

This wine opened up nicely after only a short time and complemented my beef tenderloin and risotto quite well. My wife thought it paired less well with her linguini with a spicy tomato sauce.


Snooth User: MrDowntown
4431723
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 04/13/2010

This Orphelin was paired with an extremely decedent chocolate mousse. Though, the mousse was fantastic, it was the wine which inspired me to have the waiter write down the name and vintage. This wine is made from the various orphaned grapes of Chateau Ste Michelle winery and they form a symphony in flavor and bouquet.


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