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Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2012

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Our Columbia Valley Riesling is a blend of Riesling from throughout Washington's Columbia Valley. We craft it to be a refreshing, off-dry Riesling vintage after vintage. The wine delivers sweet lime and peach character with subtle mineral notes. This is our "any day Riesling" that is a pleasure to drink and easy to match with a variety of foods.

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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: vin0vin0
3578086,326
2.50 5
12/01/2014

Somewhat simple riesling. There's a bit of green apple and subtle petrol on the nose. The palate is more (jolly rancher) green apple. There is a touch of sweetness on the mid-palate that is nicely balanced against low to medium acidity. Pretty good QPR for this mid-week quaff.


Snooth User: RandyFisher
1073394720
3.50 5
11/29/2013

Fruity on the nose. Tart with a sweet finish. Nice turkey wine. My guests finished it first.


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
07/30/2013

A refreshing, off-dry Riesling delivering sweet lime and peach character with subtle mineral notes.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/12/2013

Scents of pineapple and lime, accented by a mild spritz, give way to a focused sweetness of fruit on the palate, and a modest phenolic bite that calls for a pairing with cumin spiced pork.


External Review
07/21/2014

Nice, sweet juicy white fruits: pink lady apples, doughnut peaches and bright nectarines. A nice acidity to help round out the sweetness. Try it with spicier fare, like vegetarian curry or chicken wings.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/08/2013

A silky white, with a crisp balance to the lemon meringue and lavender flavors, echoing appealingly on the finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/08/2013

With residual sugar measuring 17 g/L, this puts the emphasis on fruit flavors that are forward, round, ripe and slightly sweet. It’s right down the heart of the plate in terms of Washington styles; apple and peach the main flavors.


External Review
07/10/2013

Our Columbia Valley Riesling is a blend of Riesling from throughout Washington's Columbia Valley. We craft it to be a refreshing, off-dry Riesling vintage after vintage. The wine delivers ripe white peach character with subtle mineral notes. This is our 'every day Riesling' that is a pleasure to drink and easy to match with a variety of foods. - Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerTotal acidity: 0.67g/100mlpH: 3.02Residual Sugar: 1.73g/100mlAlcohol: 12.5%



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Our Columbia Valley Riesling is a blend of Riesling from throughout Washington's Columbia Valley. We craft it to be a refreshing, off-dry Riesling vintage after vintage. The wine delivers sweet lime and peach character with subtle mineral notes. This is our "any day Riesling" that is a pleasure to drink and easy to match with a variety of foods.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 17.3 grams per liter Total Acidity: 6.7 grams per liter

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