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Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley 2006

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The magical combination of sun, soil and water--the "terrior" of Washington state's world class growing reguion makes it the North American home of premium Riesling. We strive for the classic expression of this variety, with peach, ripe apricot and citrus flavors. A long, cool fermentation preserves the crispness of our wine. Always refreshing. Always a crowd-pleaser.

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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: ONUMello
103714712
3.50 5
08/20/2009

Green apple and citrus nose, then a burst of a fresh fruit basket on the mouth: peaches, apricots, green apple and citrus. Somewhat sweet, but a nice balance with the alcohol and acidity. Light, very drinkable, and tasty.


Snooth User: dkmrd5
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5.00 5
01/03/2009

One of my favorites! Fruity without being too sweet, smooth, crisp finish. So easy to drink. Wonderful wine for sharing with family and friends!


Snooth User: IHEARTWINES
286727286
4.00 5
10/31/2009

Tastey! Like Champagne without the Bubbles.


Snooth User: schellbe
247770225
4.00 5
10/11/2009

12% ABV. A little mineral and stone, with slight home perm and petrol in nose and a little spritz. Flavors of sea salt and grapefruit, with a slight metallic finish. Ver light color. More angular than a Moselle, and a little heavier on the palate. Definite WA state style. Very nice and one of the best examples of WA Riesling I've had.


Snooth User: emmfan
94468116
2.50 5
05/24/2009

Sweet (a little too much) and syrupy


Snooth User: 22415brewery
23200060
4.50 5
08/09/2009

his is perhaps the largest volume Riesling in the world and with just cause. Peaches, Apricots and Honey shine in this sweet Riesling. Although mass-produced by our friends at the Chateau, this particular vintage showcases the highlights of the Washington state Riesling grape in its prime. Grown in the same locale as Washington state Peaches and Aprictos, this white finishes rather sweet but pleasing and very approachable. Over the past 2-3 years the stone fruit aromatics have slowly faded, leading to a slight honeysuckle and sugarcane zip. Subsequent vintages surprisingly show more of a mineral and bitter almond note yet still feature the stonefruit way upfront.


Snooth User: adpivey
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5.00 5
05/30/2009

my favorite riesling under $20. pairs well with pretty much any white meat or pasta.


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley

External Review
03/16/2010

Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling 2006 Indian Wells and all other wine from Chateau Ste Michelle are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
05/16/2009

Goldgelb. Herrliche Fruchtaromatik. Angenehm weicher Auftakt. Wunderschön balanciert bis in den fülligen Abgang.


External Review
01/17/2009

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine ReviewRated 90Smelling of green peach, lime, flowers and wet rocks, this exceptionally well made Riesling smacks in many ways of a fine Mosel Kabinett. Its slight sweetness is balanced by a fine streak of bright acids, and, like the best of its German cousins, it is at once both rich and fairly bright. It is a thoroughly enjoyable drink right now, but it has the structure to keep well and gain in complexity for a good many years.Wine Tasting NotesThis is the debut of our Indian Wells Riesling. At Chateau Ste. Michelle we are passionate about Riesling and are pleased to add this tropical style of Riesling to our diverse Riesling line up. The 2005 Indian Wells Riesling exhibits fruit-driven aromas of ripe, juicy pineapple, peach and mango and is rich and unctuous, while maintaining a crisp, well-balanced style that is typical of Washington state Riesling.


External Review
10/06/2009

This is ripe tropical style of Riesling which comes from the warm Wahluke Slope region of eastern Washington. The Indian Wells Riesling exhibits fruit-driven aromas of juicy pineapple and mango. The wine is rich and unctuous while maintaining a fresh elegant style that is typical of Washington state Riesling.


External Review
10/15/2009

Soft, delicate and appealing for its pretty pear and floral aromas and flavors, lingering on the off-dry finish. Drink now. 443,000 cases made.



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The magical combination of sun, soil and water--the "terrior" of Washington state's world class growing reguion makes it the North American home of premium Riesling. We strive for the classic expression of this variety, with peach, ripe apricot and citrus flavors. A long, cool fermentation preserves the crispness of our wine. Always refreshing. Always a crowd-pleaser.

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