Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley Dry 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

• Our winemaker chooses select lots of both warmer and cooler climate Riesling to create this elegant, dry style of Riesling, while maintaining beautiful fruit character. • A cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks preserves the freshness and bright fruit qualities of this wine

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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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Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley Dry

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Snooth User: UltraNurd
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3.00 5
07/20/2012

This is the kind of white I can except. Still has a weird taste to me. Getting used to them, I suppose.


Snooth User: zbo225
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4.00 5
02/09/2008

Good for the price. Light, but with clear fruit aromas. Another good wine for a casual, home-cooked meal


Snooth User: torybug
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4.50 5
02/28/2008

wonderful! goes with everything


Snooth User: mc97219
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5.00 5
02/10/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley Dry

External Review
11/23/2012

The Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling is a crisp, dry and refreshing style of Riesling. It exhibits fresh flavors of white peach and mandarin orange, and ends with a clean finish.



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The Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling is a crisp, dry and refreshing style of Riesling. It exhibits fresh fl avors of white peach and mandarin orange, and ends with a clean fi nish. This is an incredibly versatile food wine and my favorite with oysters.

• Our winemaker chooses select lots of both warmer and cooler climate Riesling to create this elegant, dry style of Riesling, while maintaining beautiful fruit character. • A cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks preserves the freshness and bright fruit qualities of this wine

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 12.0% pH: 2.98
Sugar: 0.72 grams per liter Total Acidity: 0.73 grams per liter

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