For the second year in a row, Mother Nature handed the winery the ideal conditions needed to make prized ice wine. (C...Read more...
Food Pairings for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley White Riesling Ice Wine Reserve
For the second year in a row, Mother Nature handed the winery the ideal conditions needed to make prized ice wine. (Chateau Ste. Michelle has produced ice wine only three other times in the winery’s history with the 1978, 1995 and 2002 vintages). Having just joined Chateau Ste. Michelle in early 2003 after years of winemaking in California, this was my first time making ice wine. It was an amazing experience to stand in the vineyard in the middle of the night in 14-degree weather picking frozen grapes as hard as marbles. It was like making wine on the dark side of the moon. The result is this exotic, luscious, ultra ripe wine with concentrated aromas and flavors of apricot and honey. The only thing I would do differently next time is wear long johns! The Vineyards All the necessary conditions for ice wine came together during the 2003 harvest – low temperatures below 14° F and ripe, healthy fruit still hanging on the vine. Grapes were harvested from our Horse Heaven Vineyard, located in the Horse Heaven Hills adjacent to the Columbia River in Eastern Washington. Eastern Washington’s climate with its potential temperature extremes is a perfect candidate to produce great ice wine in appropriate years. For the second year in a row ice wine grapes were picked in the pre-dawn hours of Halloween.
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