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Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2009

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The mostly stainless steel fermentation makes this a crisp, clean, refreshing style of Sauvignon Blanc, offering fresh aromas and flavors of lemongrass, apple and melon. We add a touch of Semillon, which contributes an appealing fig character and a beautifully soft, rich quality to the wine.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
05/27/2010

Nice green herb nose with a touch of chili accenting the grapefruity tone that rise above a spicy, perfumed floral tone on the nose. This is fairly rich in the mouth, almost lush yet with vibrant acids that keep the wine from overwhelming the palate. The flavors are deep and fresh, redolent of peach with hints of lime and orange zest. The finish is crisp and fairly long with a nice fruity finale. A bolder style of Sauvignon that remains quite fruit driven without leaning too heavily to the grassy end of the spectrum 90pts


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Snooth User: r sprezzatura
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3.00 5
11/07/2010

I purchased for $4.99. It is an easy to drink, enjoyable wine with some floral aromas, tastes of fruit and spice and good crisp acidity. It will pair well with spicy food, or be a good wine to drink on its own.


Snooth User: grbaKKy
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2.50 5
12/25/2010

extremely crisp and refreshing. slightly over my preferred acidity levels. just average.


Snooth User: alexalm
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4.00 5
06/13/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

The nut-meat scents of oak make the first impression, then fruit comes up to meet and marry the oak in complex ways - apricot essence, bitter orange marmalade, nectarine skin, the flavors wrapped in a gripping acidity. It's a white with intriguing structure, graceful with a buttery oyster stew.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Soft in texture, this is a reserved white wine, showing modest grapefruit and green olive flavors, with a hint of caramel on the delicate finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The strong scent of orange peel and highlights of orange candy is not bad because the fruit flavors are expansive, and include grapefruit and a lot of citrus as well. It's got textures that suggest time sur lie, and a persistent, focused midpalate that continues on through an extended finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Bright and juicy, offering a lively mouthfeel of pear, herb and lime flavors, lingering easily.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The white wines begin with the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyards which contains 11% Semillon. It saw 78% of the wine fermented in stainless steel and 22% barrel fermented with sur lie aging for 1 month. Medium straw in color with aromas of citrus, fresh cut grass, and herbs with a hint of buttered popcorn in the background, on the palate it is crisp, lively, and concentrated. This well-balanced, medium-bodied effort will pair nicely with mussels and goat cheese over the next 1-2 years, Chateau Ste. Michelle continues to produce large quantities of quality wine at exceptionally fair prices.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A heady mix of apple and lees scents, this satisfying white displays fresh and firm golden apple and pear flavors. It's balanced in its richness, with the palate weight for pork loin. (Best Buy). Year's Best Sauvignon Blanc.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

In 2009 this single vineyard offering includes 11% Sémillon. It has wonderful texture, and a mix of light herbal flavors that run through a gamut from celery to lemongrass and up into tart citrus fruit. The acidity is generous but not searing; it penetrates but never overpowers. A quintessential food wine.


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The mostly stainless steel fermentation makes this a crisp, clean, refreshing style of Sauvignon Blanc, offering fresh aromas and flavors of lemongrass, apple and melon. We add a touch of Semillon, which contributes an appealing fig character and a beautifully soft, rich quality to the wine.

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