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Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley 2008

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Our Columbia Valley Riesling is a mélange 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 “every 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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Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,789
3.00 5
06/29/2009

A very floral nose full of orange blossoms, honeysuckle, sweet lemon, peach and raspberry tones, a very pretty nose, just a hint of lemon verbena, a touch hot - huge acids but fairly sweet as well, not showing great integration, some floral tones, then figgy and fleshy with a bit of apple butter and a touch of tea before finishing with fairly intense sweet peaches and lingering lemony acidity. 86pts


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Snooth User: ONUMello
103714712
3.50 5
10/09/2009

The nose is a bit tight, but there are notes of citrus, floral , and stone. Mandarin orange predominates the palate along with a bit of peach. Off dry, with a finish longer than I expected.


Snooth User: dittodog
5656572
3.00 5
06/22/2011

This crisp white riesling has been one of my everyday wines. Not too sweet, with a hint of citrus and no strong after taste. Served cold in the colmbia basin summer nights, it is quite refreshening. The local liquor store carries it for about $7.


Snooth User: troyconquer
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3.00 5
06/19/2009

Bright green apples on the nose. Sweet, sweet apples in the mouth. Sweet works well with this wine, but its inconsistent from the nose.

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Snooth User: thefallingman
138372230
3.00 5
08/21/2009

A beautifully clear wine. Soft oranges on the nose. Crisp, peachy, and a semi-dry finish. I like this.


Snooth User: noaer
91069128
3.00 5
10/25/2009

haven't had riesling in quite some time. this one's nice, just a tad sweet & perfect for a warm, sunny afternoon.


Snooth User: medicinewoman523
51919887
3.50 5
04/29/2012

Not too sweet, pear; pairs well with grilled pork chops


Snooth User: Melissa22
35212356
3.50 5
02/22/2010

Semi-sweet, crisp, light, fruity, a bit of citrus tartness. Good flavoring.


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley

07/05/2011

"Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Clean


11/12/2010

Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Clean, quiet and fairly dry in direction, this lively, slightly spritzy nod to South Australia Riesling is rather low-keyed in fruit, but its essential lightness and spry balance point the way to useful service when washing down the milder white-fleshed fish dishes.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


External Review
05/17/2010

Ripe and effusive, with pretty pear and citrus flavors, finishing off-dry. Drink now. 669,400 cases made. -HS


External Review
09/15/2009

Ripe and effusive, with pretty pear and citrus flavors, finishing off-dry.


External Review
11/25/2009

WS: 87 Points


External Review
02/24/2010

Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2008: Ausbau in Stahltanks, empf. Trinktemperatur 6-8°C, lagerfähig 1 - 2 Jahre ab Jahrgang,Jahrgang: 2008Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Washington StateWeingut: Chateau Ste. MichelleRebsorte: 100% RieslingRestzucker: 8g/LiterRestsäure: 6,5 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 0.12 Weißwein


External Review
03/16/2010

Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling 2008 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.



Our Columbia Valley Riesling is a mélange 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 “every day Riesling” that is a pleasure to drink and easy to match with a variety of foods.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 12% pH: 3.03
Sugar: 1.85 grams per liter Total Acidity: 0.73 grams per liter

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