Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2003

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TASTING NOTES "The 2004 Sauvignon Blanc delivers sweet citrus and fig aromas and flavors. This is a fresh, fruit-driv...

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A light, easy quaffable wine. Apple and lemony aroma, meyer lemon on the palate with a touch of sweetness in the aftertaste and a slight evanescenc... Read more

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,... Read more

A pretty wine, with soft fruit and a light touch of pepper on the finish. Drink now. Read more

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Snooth User: drdebs
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3.50 5
02/08/2006

A light, easy quaffable wine. Apple and lemony aroma, meyer lemon on the palate with a touch of sweetness in the aftertaste and a slight evanescence on the tongue. Not entirely characteristic of the wine, as it slightly lacking in acidity and structure. A good wine for parties, and for serving with or without food.


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: Prime Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

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: Prime Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

A pretty wine, with soft fruit and a light touch of pepper on the finish. Drink now.


Winemaker's Notes:

TASTING NOTES "The 2004 Sauvignon Blanc delivers sweet citrus and fig aromas and flavors. This is a fresh, fruit-driven, soft style of Sauvignon Blanc. We added a touch of Semillon for richness." -Bob Bertheau, Winemaker VINTAGE A hot growing season in 2004 followed by a cool fall created a longer harvest, resulting in wines with ripe, rich flavors. Hot, dry weather from bud break to mid-August prompted the earliest harvest start on record, beginning August 16. Cool temperatures and intermittent light rain in mid-September slowed ripening and extended hang time. Warm temperatures and dry weather resumed in early October through harvest's end with final berries being picked in early November. VINEYARDS Sourced from our Horse Heaven Vineyard, as well as vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley. 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. A northerly latitude gives the Columbia Valley roughly two more hours of sunlight daily during the peak-growing season than California, increasing the region's ability to ripen fruit. WINEMAKING Yeasts specifically designated for white Bordeaux varieties were used to initiate the three-week fermentation and release varietal aromas. 42% stainless steel fermented to preserve Sauvignon Blanc's delicate fruit character. 58% barrel fermented in older French oak for six months for texture and complexity. 5% Semillon added for richness. TECHNICAL DATA Alcohol..........13.5% Total............0.66g /100ml Acidity..........pH 3.22 Blend............95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon FOOD PAIRINGS Foods: chicken, clams, halibut, oysters Herbs: basil, garlic, oregano, rosemary

TASTING NOTES "The 2004 Sauvignon Blanc delivers sweet citrus and fig aromas and flavors. This is a fresh, fruit-driven, soft style of Sauvignon Blanc. We added a touch of Semillon for richness." -Bob Bertheau, Winemaker VINTAGE A hot growing season in 2004 followed by a cool fall created a longer harvest, resulting in wines with ripe, rich flavors. Hot, dry weather from bud break to mid-August prompted the earliest harvest start on record, beginning August 16. Cool temperatures and intermittent light rain in mid-September slowed ripening and extended hang time. Warm temperatures and dry weather resumed in early October through harvest's end with final berries being picked in early November. VINEYARDS Sourced from our Horse Heaven Vineyard, as well as vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley. 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. A northerly latitude gives the Columbia Valley roughly two more hours of sunlight daily during the peak-growing season than California, increasing the region's ability to ripen fruit. WINEMAKING Yeasts specifically designated for white Bordeaux varieties were used to initiate the three-week fermentation and release varietal aromas. 42% stainless steel fermented to preserve Sauvignon Blanc's delicate fruit character. 58% barrel fermented in older French oak for six months for texture and complexity. 5% Semillon added for richness. TECHNICAL DATA Alcohol..........13.5% Total............0.66g /100ml Acidity..........pH 3.22 Blend............95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon FOOD PAIRINGS Foods: chicken, clams, halibut, oysters Herbs: basil, garlic, oregano, rosemary

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