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Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling St. M 2013

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"Our Riesling is sourced from throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley, crafted to be a refreshing, off-dry Riesling vintage after vintage. The wine delivers sweet lime and peach with subtle mineral notes. This is our “any day” Riesling—a pleasure to drink and easy to match with a variety of foods." -Winery

Region: USA » Oregon » Columbia Valley

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Varietal: Riesling
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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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2.50 5
09/25/2014

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling St. M

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/14/2015

Our Columbia Valley Riesling is a blend of Riesling from throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley. Our goal is to craft a refreshing, flavorful, medium-dry Riesling vintage after vintage. The wine offers crisp apple aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. This is our “everyday Riesling” that is a pleasure to drink and easy to match with a variety of foods. - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker FOOD PAIRING: Foods - Fresh fruit, crab, mild cheeses, chicken Herbs - Chervil, coriander seeds, dill, parsley Total acidity: 0.69 g/100 ml pH: 2.90 Residual sugar: 2.01 g/100 ml Alcohol: 12.0%


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/13/2015

Clean and fresh, this juicy wine carries a bit of fruit sweetness, but the flavors are tilted toward minerality rather than fruitiness. It’s wonderfully refreshing, with a mix of citrus rind, melon and white peach working into an extended, palate-cleansing finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/13/2015

Notes of apricot and pistachio round out this silky, off-dry, apple-centered white, which is vivid and expressive. Drink now.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
01/14/2015

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



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"Our Riesling is sourced from throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley, crafted to be a refreshing, off-dry Riesling vintage after vintage. The wine delivers sweet lime and peach with subtle mineral notes. This is our “any day” Riesling—a pleasure to drink and easy to match with a variety of foods." -Winery

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