Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2005

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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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  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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Snooth User: Nicole Ramsey
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4.00 5
11/22/2007

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.


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03/16/2010

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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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