Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley 2010

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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 "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

Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: JMCortis
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3.00 5
03/18/2012

A very light nose of peach and general fruitiness. In the mouth the flavors of roast peach and pear are abundant but they are balanced well by a pop of acidity. Overall an easy drinking wine but nothing that will blow you away.


Snooth User: InWineTruth
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3.00 5
04/13/2013

Light straw bright, nose of stone fruits & flowers; flavors of dried peach, grapefruit and quince. Refreshing.


Snooth User: Boom Amporndanai
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4.00 5
03/29/2012

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

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


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Chateau Ste. Michelle makes more Riesling than any winery in the country, and this bottling, at 553,500 cases, may qualify as the largest single Riesling production in the world. It's a great bottle of wine, priced for everyday consumption, yet loaded with fresh fruit flavors of peach, pear and melon. Washington state built its white wine reputation on Riesling, and Riesling is more popular than ever before (statewide it is the third most planted grape, and production is up 23 percent in the past two years). This version is off-dry, lightly spiced and perfectly framed by vibrant acids.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Light and appealing for its pretty peach and gooseberry flavors, lingering on the balanced finish. Drink now.


External Review
09/27/2011

This simple riesling has a peach blossom scent and sweet tropical fruit flavors. Its mild sweetness would make for a pleasant aperitif.


External Review
01/03/2012

Chateau Ste. Michellersquo;s 2000 Johannisberg Riesling is an excellent value. It exhibits a honeyed orange blossom, herbal tea, apple and berry-scented perfume. Apricots and candied apples mingle with spices in this appealing, sweet (it has 20 grams of residual sugar) Riesling. Medium-bodied, rich, spicy, well-focused, and tangy, this easy-going yet immensely flavorful white will drink well for 4ndash;5 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Light and tangy, modestly sweet, with refreshing apple and melon flavors. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
01/03/2012

Chateau Ste. Michelle makes more Riesling than any winery in the country, and this bottling, at 553,500 cases, may qualify as the largest single Riesling production in the world. Itrsquo;s a great bottle of wine, priced for everyday consumption, yet loaded with fresh fruit flavors of peach, pear and melon. Washington state built its white wine reputation on Riesling, and Riesling is more popular than ever before (statewide it is the third most planted grape, and production is up 23 percent in the past two years). This version is off-dry, lightly spiced and perfectly framed by vibrant acids.


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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 "every day Riesling" that is a pleasure to drink and easy to match with a variety of foods

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