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Kreston Wines & Spirits USD 11.99 750ml

Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley Dry 2008

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Wine Tasting Notes Bright straw yellow in color, the Central Coast Chardonnay exhibits aromas of apple, pear, melon, lemon and honey with slight caramel undertones from the oak aging. On the palate, moderate acidity balances creamy notes of ripe pears, melons and honey, with a bright and lingering finish of citrus and minerals.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley Dry

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,678
4.00 5
05/27/2010

This is intensely floral, full of honeysuckle and acacia tones and absolutely redolent of sweet limes, with a very soft almost minty/oregano note floating in the background. Fairly dry, but retaining enough sugar to add some fleshy on the palate, this has razor sharp acids that lurk just under the rich, ripe citrus fruits. It lacks a touch of complexity on the mid-palate but finishes with excellent length with sweeping acids and grace notes of orange and mineral. Riesling is always an easy recommendation for spicy dishes and this seems ideal for Thai and Vietnamese dishes 89pts


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Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.50 5
04/07/2010

I really like this wine - its very well priced and tastes good. This vintage is a bit sweeter than I expected (maybe my palate is changing). Still good and paired well with slightly spicy chinese food, but sweeter than previous vintages.


Snooth User: r sprezzatura
354247747
3.00 5
04/09/2010

This is a refreshingly crisp, off-dry everyday Washington State Riesling. The winemaker says it has "bright passion fruit and sweet lime character with subtle mineral notes, it is a pleasure to drink and easy to match with a variety of foods.”


Snooth User: shawkes
10204059
0.00 5
02/12/2010

Chateau Ste Michelle vintage 2008 Riesling Columbia Valley 12% alcohol. Off dry, light body Nice taste for someone new to wine. Good for summer and parties.


Snooth User: synergy55
20160223
4.00 5
02/21/2010

Crisp, nice acidity , with just a touch of sweetness... light bodied. Good fruit characterized by pear... clean and well made... well balanced. Excellent value..


Snooth User: Seacoast Terroir
289048275
3.50 5
03/19/2010

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley Dry

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/17/2010

A Riesling wine from Washington in USA. 2008 Chateau Ste Michelle Dry Riesling 750ml


External Review
03/27/2010

For 15 years we made a Dry Riesling just for the Northwest. We startedhearing from customers in other parts of the country who wanted this drierstyle of Riesling. Since the 2006 vintage we have been able to make ourDry Riesling available nationally. The Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Rieslingis a dry, crisp, refreshing style of Riesling with beautiful fruit-forwardfl avors, crisp acidity and an elegant fi nish. It offers brisk, cooler climateRiesling character of white peach and apricot with a clean fi nish. This isan incredibly versatile food wine and my favorite with oysters.'


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/02/2010

Light and floral, with pretty peach and grapefruit notes for interest, finishing soft. Drink now. 16,000 cases made. -HS Wine Spectator. A Riesling wine from Washington in USA. 2008 Chateau Ste Michelle Dry Riesling 750ml


External Review
12/24/2009

Finally available in the east coast for the first time. Crisp, dry and refreshing with an ellegant finish. Pair with Asian dishers or shrimp.



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Wine Tasting Notes Bright straw yellow in color, the Central Coast Chardonnay exhibits aromas of apple, pear, melon, lemon and honey with slight caramel undertones from the oak aging. On the palate, moderate acidity balances creamy notes of ripe pears, melons and honey, with a bright and lingering finish of citrus and minerals.

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