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Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills 2016

External Review by We Speak Wine:

Tasting Notes: This Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard is a crisp, racy style of Sauvignon Blanc with citrus characteristics. We use partial stainless steel fermentation to preserve the Sauvignon Blanc’s pure, fresh, vibrant character. - Bob Bertheau, Winemaker Vintage: • The 2016 vintage experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer, but also a cool fall season. • Cooler temperatures in August and September, slowed down ripening and resulted in longer hang time for the grapes and the longest harvest on record in Washington State (August 15-November 15). • Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with ripeness and elegance. Winemaking: • Yeasts specifically designated for Sauvignon Blanc were used to initiate the three-week fermentation and release varietal aromas. • 73% stainless steel fermented to preserve Sauvignon Blanc’s fresh, vibrant fruit character. • 27% barrel fermented for slight spice and texture in older French oak. • Sur lie aged for four months for enhanced complexity and structure. Alcohol: 13% TA: 0.66 g/100ml pH: 3.00

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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

External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/29/2017

Tasting Notes: This Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard is a crisp, racy style of Sauvignon Blanc with citrus characteristics. We use partial stainless steel fermentation to preserve the Sauvignon Blanc’s pure, fresh, vibrant character. - Bob Bertheau, Winemaker Vintage: • The 2016 vintage experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer, but also a cool fall season. • Cooler temperatures in August and September, slowed down ripening and resulted in longer hang time for the grapes and the longest harvest on record in Washington State (August 15-November 15). • Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with ripeness and elegance. Winemaking: • Yeasts specifically designated for Sauvignon Blanc were used to initiate the three-week fermentation and release varietal aromas. • 73% stainless steel fermented to preserve Sauvignon Blanc’s fresh, vibrant fruit character. • 27% barrel fermented for slight spice and texture in older French oak. • Sur lie aged for four months for enhanced complexity and structure. Alcohol: 13% TA: 0.66 g/100ml pH: 3.00


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 09/10/2016

Tasting Notes: This Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard is a crisp, racy style of Sauvignon Blanc with citrus characteristics. We use partial stainless steel fermentation to preserve the Sauvignon Blanc’s pure, fresh, vibrant character. - Bob Bertheau, Winemaker Alcohol: 13% Total Acidity: 0.68 g/100ml pH: 2.88


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 02/19/2015

TASTING NOTES: This Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard is a crisp, racy style of Sauvignon Blanc with citrus characteristics. We use partial stainless steel fermentation to preserve the Sauvignon Blanc’s pure, fresh, vibrant character. - Bob Bertheau, Winemaker Food Parings: Foods: mussels, halibut, chicken, goat cheese Herbs: cilantro, oregano, rosemary, thyme Spices: cumin, curry, ginger Alcohol: 13% Total Acidity: 0.68g/100 ml pH: 3.16


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 09/04/2013

This Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard is a crisp, racy style of Sauvignon Blanc with citrus characteristics. We use partial stainless steel fermentation to preserve the Sauvignon Blanc's pure, fresh, vibrant character. - Bob Bertheau, WinemakerBlend:95% Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc5% Horse Heaven Vineyard SemillonAlcohol: 13.5%Total Acidity: 0.69g/100 mlpH: 3.16


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 08/17/2014

Bright, vibrant, expressive and juicy, with quince, pear, floral and spice flavors that dance through the long finish. Drink now. 53,000 cases made. -HS - Wine Spectator Top 100, 2013 This Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard is a crisp, racy style of Sauvignon Blanc with citrus characteristics. We use partial stainless steel fermentation to preserve the Sauvignon Blanc's pure, fresh, vibrant character. - Bob Bertheau, WinemakerBlend:95% Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc5% Horse Heaven Vineyard SemillonAlcohol: 13.5%Total Acidity: 0.69g/100 mlpH: 3.16 ** Only 3 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 12/17/2013

Bright, vibrant, expressive and juicy, with quince, pear, floral and spice flavors that dance through the long finish. Drink now. 53,000 cases made. -HS - Wine Spectator Top 100, 2013 This Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard is a crisp, racy style of Sauvignon Blanc with citrus characteristics. We use partial stainless steel fermentation to preserve the Sauvignon Blanc's pure, fresh, vibrant character. - Bob Bertheau, WinemakerBlend:95% Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc5% Horse Heaven Vineyard SemillonAlcohol: 13.5%Total Acidity: 0.69g/100 mlpH: 3.16


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 07/25/2014

Bright, vibrant, expressive and juicy, with quince, pear, floral and spice flavors that dance through the long finish. Drink now. 53,000 cases made. -HS - Wine Spectator Top 100, 2013 This Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard is a crisp, racy style of Sauvignon Blanc with citrus characteristics. We use partial stainless steel fermentation to preserve the Sauvignon Blanc's pure, fresh, vibrant character. - Bob Bertheau, WinemakerBlend:95% Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc5% Horse Heaven Vineyard SemillonAlcohol: 13.5%Total Acidity: 0.69g/100 mlpH: 3.16 ** Only 10 in Stock **


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