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Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills Horse Heaven Vineyard 2006

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Tasting Notes "The mostly stainless steel fermentation makes this a crisp, clean, refreshing style of Sauvignon Blanc. The wine offers fresh aromas and flavors of lemongrass, apple and melon. We add Semillon, which contributes an appealing fig character and a beautiful soft, rich quality to the wine."- Bob Bertheau, Winemaker Vintage 2006 was a year of extremes in weather. A cooler than normal, wet spring was followed by a very long, hot summer. The weather was nearly ideal during the growing season. Summer fell into a consistent pattern of dry weather, warm days and cool nights. Harvest began early, with some white grapes being picked in late August. A cool spell in mid-September slowed things down and allowed more hang time for enhanced flavor development. 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 toinitiate the three-week fermentation and release varietal aromas. 80% stainless steel fermented to preserve Sauvignon Blanc's delicate fruit character. 20% barrel fermentation for five months in older French oak for added complexity. Technical data Alcohol....13.5% pH.... 3.22Total Acidity.... 0.60g/100mlBlend.... 96% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillon

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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: Gabefer
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4.00 5
10/17/2010

smooth. bright, fruity, easy to drink. Great with pasta and sea food.

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Snooth User: lsf84
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3.00 5
09/04/2009

Very drinkable white. Had it with some pasta, red sauce, and spicy chicken sausage. It went very well. Nothing impressive, but a very good wine for the price. Not really for heavy foods though.


Snooth User: moshi
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3.00 5
12/24/2008

Three glasses


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

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Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

This pure Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard delivers aromas of white grapefruit lime and grass.


External Review
Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

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Tasting Notes "The mostly stainless steel fermentation makes this a crisp, clean, refreshing style of Sauvignon Blanc. The wine offers fresh aromas and flavors of lemongrass, apple and melon. We add Semillon, which contributes an appealing fig character and a beautiful soft, rich quality to the wine."- Bob Bertheau, Winemaker Vintage 2006 was a year of extremes in weather. A cooler than normal, wet spring was followed by a very long, hot summer. The weather was nearly ideal during the growing season. Summer fell into a consistent pattern of dry weather, warm days and cool nights. Harvest began early, with some white grapes being picked in late August. A cool spell in mid-September slowed things down and allowed more hang time for enhanced flavor development. 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 toinitiate the three-week fermentation and release varietal aromas. 80% stainless steel fermented to preserve Sauvignon Blanc's delicate fruit character. 20% barrel fermentation for five months in older French oak for added complexity. Technical data Alcohol....13.5% pH.... 3.22Total Acidity.... 0.60g/100mlBlend.... 96% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillon

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