Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley 2011

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• Riesling grapes were harvested in October at the peak of fl avor. • Fermentation temperatures were maintained at 50-55 degrees F to preserve Riesling’s fresh and fruity character, using an assortment of yeasts for added complexity. • We feature the “Riesling Taste Profi le” scale on the back label to help people understand that this Riesling is made in a “medium-dry” style.

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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
89065213,461
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 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: Zuiko
540750816
2.00 5
09/14/2012

This wine has had good reviews from major sources. I don't agree with those. I have had at least 15 vintages of this wine and have never been impressed. The 2011 is no exception. Riesling has never done well being early harvested, with only a few exceptions. This wine has that early harvest simplicity. Light floral nose, good acid balance, light color, citrus and slight honey are found here. This wine is a shadow of their single vineyard wines. Lighter style wine with a short finish.


Snooth User: creativcat
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4.50 5
05/10/2013

This is my go to wine. It is light and refreshing. Not to sweet. Pairs well with pasta. And garlic dishes too! No heavy after taste. Chill well and enjoy!


Snooth User: nomadicprs
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5.00 5
02/16/2009

Loved it. Went great with seafood.


Snooth User: echoxander
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3.50 5
06/07/2009

Very tasty, especially for the price. Full of fruits (pears, apples), and pretty sweet. Went really well with Thai spicy basil noodles with beef.


Snooth User: bettermassage
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3.00 5
02/14/2009

2007 Descent Riesling for the price. Minerally and tart. Dried apricot twangs.


Snooth User: Eroica33
12663955
5.00 5
03/22/2013

Perfect with spicy Thai, and anything else!


Snooth User: alicita
7704604
4.00 5
02/14/2011

Excellent wine. No need to compliment with a meal. Nice to drink a glass of this wine by itself.


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley

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 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. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
01/03/2013

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 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. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker


External Review
03/26/2013

A marvelous effort in a difficult year, this textbook Washington Riesling is bursting with apricot and peach goodness. Round and polished, it’s long and textured, with an excellent wash of minerality.


External Review
03/26/2013

Soft and open-textured, with pretty pear and nectarine flavors that ride on a delicate frame. Offers just enough acidity to stay fresh. Drink now.


External Review
10/11/2012

A northerly latitude gives the Columbia Valley roughly two more hours of sunlight daily during the peak-growing season than California, increasing the region s ability to ripen fruit.


External Review
02/05/2013

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


External Review
01/07/2010

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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Tasting Notes:

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.

• Riesling grapes were harvested in October at the peak of fl avor. • Fermentation temperatures were maintained at 50-55 degrees F to preserve Riesling’s fresh and fruity character, using an assortment of yeasts for added complexity. • We feature the “Riesling Taste Profi le” scale on the back label to help people understand that this Riesling is made in a “medium-dry” style.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 11.0% pH: 2.97
Sugar: 2.23 grams per liter Total Acidity: 0.78 grams per liter

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