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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.


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Incisive and bold; Columbia Valley gives birth to another blockbuster blanc. Loaded with apples and passion fruit, finishing off with creamy sunlit trimmings.


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

The Chateau produces some 40,000 cases of this everyday Gewürztraminer, a youthful, spritzy, spicy delight; a tangy wine brimming with crisp flavors of nectarine and orange, enhanced by the addition of 12% Muscat Canelli to the blend. At 12.5% alcohol the wine's residual sugar hovers just under 2%, but the acids keep it lively and quite food-friendly.


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

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


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

This wine was fermented in barrel to add complexity yet it has retained a charming fruit character with traces of honeydew melon and citrus.


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

Forward, fresh-scented Washington fruit. Citrus, cinnamon and spice play tag on the palate, with some extra richness imparted by barrel fermentation.


External Review
08/20/2011

A Sauvignon Blanc wine from Washington in USA. 2009 Chateau Ste Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 750ml


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

A tasteful melange of citrus and tropical flavors sets this Washington Sauvignon Blanc apart. Aging in French oak has softened and enhanced the creamy texture while keeping the finish zesty and bright.


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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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