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Chelsea Wine Vault USD 16.99 750ml

Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills Horse Heaven Vineyard 2010

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The cooler vintage led to a more herbal style of Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of grass, fresh herbs and grapefruit with a clean, fresh finish. The mostly stainless steel fermentation makes this a crisp wine that would pair well with dishes with cream sauce.

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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

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

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
11/21/2012

Great aromas! Pear, honeysuckle and grapefruit. Good acid profile and really nice flavor. 90 pts. 8/12/11


Snooth User: 40somethinglife
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3.00 5
11/17/2011

I noted the color is pale straw with a hint of yellow gold. On the nose it has a light fresh aroma like newly cut grass. It’s clean with hints of melon, mild citrus, granny smith apples and fresh herbal notes. At first taste it is slightly sharp on the tongue with a mild bite and absolutely bursts with tropical fruits on the palate – a delightful surprise. The finish is beautiful long, crisp and luscious. If you like a clean, sharp, fresh Sauvignon Blanc you will really like this wine. I would pair with smoked salmon or oysters. In fact, I think it would pair fabulously with oysters. I must try it!


Snooth User: mavbaseball18
90190342
3.50 5
07/29/2011

Crisp, citrus, pear, green apple. Very good.


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

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A refreshing wine with good acidity and bracing citrus and rhubarb fruit. The finish is fairly long and balanced.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Fresh and juicy, a light-textured wine with gentle herb notes among the citrus and apple flavors, lingering nicely on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The Horse Heaven vineyard has been producing exceptional Sauvignon Blancs for the past decade. In this unusual vintage, which started very cool and lasted through an extended, late harvest, the grapes ripened to perfection. Ripe, lush fruit gets some added creaminess from barrel fermentation and aging sur lie. There are scents of lime, citrus peel, wet stone and spice, leading to a wonderfully full, focused panoply of flavors in the mouth. The finish goes on forever.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 1996 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (made with 23% Segrave;millon) has a cregrave;me bruleacute;e, vanilla, and lemon-laced nose. This fresh, rich, silky-textured, and medium-bodied wine is filled with tangy and bright citrus fruits. It should be drunk over the next year.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Lime, grapefruit zest and pear aromas precede a spicy oak note and a nice, round texture. The bright acidity of this cool vintage gives the wine an appealing crispness and long, fresh aftertaste.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A vivid spectrum of aromas greets the nose mdash; ripe pear, melon and underlying notes of bright citrus. Crisp acids and flavors of apple emerge elegantly on the palate. Heaven for horses though it may be, a small slice of heaven it bestows upon me.


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The cooler vintage led to a more herbal style of Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of grass, fresh herbs and grapefruit with a clean, fresh finish. The mostly stainless steel fermentation makes this a crisp wine that would pair well with dishes with cream sauce.

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