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TASTING NOTES "Semillon is one of the traditional Washington state varieties and has quite a bit of "weight" for a ta...Read more...
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A fabulous wine for the price (5.99 on sale). Overwhelming grapefruit and lemon, tart yet a little sweet, and slightly dry. A short finish. Nice... Read more
Chateau Ste Michelle Semillon 2005 and all other wine from Chateau Ste Michelle are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many pre... Read more
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A fabulous wine for the price (5.99 on sale). Overwhelming grapefruit and lemon, tart yet a little sweet, and slightly dry. A short finish. Nice for an exotic, flavorful poultry dish, or with a dense non-chocolate dessert like cheesecake. Very flavorful, and a light, unusual sunshine color. Not a big deal, but just to note - it's an extra tall bottle that doesn't fit easily into a fridge.
TASTING NOTES "Semillon is one of the traditional Washington state varieties and has quite a bit of "weight" for a tank fermented wine. This wine delivers aromas and flavors of fig, ripe melon with a hint of spice. We added Sauvignon Blanc for a crisp, refreshing quality and to complement the natural richness of Semillon. Try with Chinese food (not too spicy), I think you'll be surprised." -Bob Bertheau, Winemaker VINTAGE The 2005 harvest tested our winemaker's patience, but ultimately delivered excellent quality fruit. The growing season started cool, followed by 90+ degree days in July and August. September brought cool and constant weather, which extended the season, allowing grapes extra time to ripen on the vine and enhance flavor development. VINEYARDS Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards, including our own Horse Heaven Vineyard. Columbia Valley vineyards lie in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains and receive just 6-8 inches of rainfall annually. Sandy soils with low fertility and low water-holding capacity enable precise control of vine growth. Warm, sunny days and cool evenings create ideal conditions for aroma and flavor development in the ripening grapes. WINEMAKING Yeasts specifically designated for white Bordeaux varieties were used to initi- ate the four-week fermentation and release varietal aromas. 68% stainless steel fermented to preserve Semillon's fresh fruit character. Partial barrel fermentation (32%) for two months in older French oak con- tributed complexity. Sauvignon Blanc (22%) added for a refined, crisp character. TECHNICAL DATA Alcohol..........13.7% Total............0.56g /100ml Acidity..........pH 3.30 Blend............78% Semillon, 22% Sauvignon Blanc FOOD PAIRINGS Foods: Asian dishes, scallops Herbs: basil, dill Spices: curry, ginger
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