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Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Col Val United States Washington Columbia Valley White 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

• Ripe grapes were lightly pressed and inoculated with a variety of yeasts for maximum complexity. • Fermented for three weeks in French oak barrels. • 99% sur lie aged for four months to integrate the fruit and oak flavors and provide a rich mouthfeel. • Underwent Malolactic fermentation for added softness, balance and depth.

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

Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Col Val United States Washington Columbia Valley White

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Snooth User: shsim
10326661,287
2.50 5
02/29/2012

My first Gewürztraminer! Smells like a riesling, pear and apricot! Refreshing like champagne, has a little of the bubbliness, nice acidity giving it the crispness. Calming and smooth with notes of dried apricot, lychees (which I love!) and a certain mild spice (cannot figure out what..). It has a certain mild bitterness at the end. Medium dry finish and a nice coating in your mouth! I had it with grilled juicy Salmon and it was great!


Snooth User: boof88
730340237
3.50 5
12/30/2011

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Col Val United States Washington Columbia Valley White

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Soft and fruity, with gentle pear, orange peel and spice flavors that echo lightly on the off-dry finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Very much a food wine, it minimizes the floral oiliness of the grape in favor of citrus rind and spice. Crisp and fresh, with a touch of sweetness, it makes a perfect partner for crab cakes, Asian noodle dishes, or summer salads.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This medium-dry beauty from the cool Columbia Valley has classic grapefruit and citrus flavors, seasoned with spice notes. A perfect accompaniment to spicy Asian cuisine.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Sweet, a little sappy, with varietally correct flavors of melon and litchi, chill this one down for a turkey sandwich topped with spicy cranberry relish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Bright and tangy, this is off-dry but balanced with citrusy acidity, underlining the pineapple and rose petal flavors. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Light and refreshing, this off-dry white has pretty apple and grapefruit flavors shaded with floral and exotic spice notes, lingering refreshingly. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Light and sweet, showing pretty pear and spice flavors, picking up guava notes on the finish. Drink now.


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Tasting Notes:

My goal with the C-S-M White wasto showcase the layers of flavorthat the Chardonnay, SauvignonBlanc and Muscat (hence theacronym CSM) lend to this wine.Chardonnay adds viscosity andtexture and Sauvignon Blancgives it a beautiful peachy andherb character. The addition of1% Muscat provides a floral perfumeand touch of minerality on thepalate. This would be an excellentwine to pair with your favoritesalmon dishes.

• Ripe grapes were lightly pressed and inoculated with a variety of yeasts for maximum complexity. • Fermented for three weeks in French oak barrels. • 99% sur lie aged for four months to integrate the fruit and oak flavors and provide a rich mouthfeel. • Underwent Malolactic fermentation for added softness, balance and depth.

Dietary Information: Organic

584 cases produced.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 0.39 grams per liter Total Acidity: 5.5 grams per liter

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