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The cooler vintage led to a more herbal style of Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of grass, fresh herbs and grapefruit wit...Read more...
Great aromas! Pear, honeysuckle and grapefruit. Good acid profile and really nice flavor. 90 pts. 8/12/11 Read more
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... Read more
Crisp, citrus, pear, green apple. Very good. Read more
Food Pairings for Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills Horse Heaven Vineyard
Great aromas! Pear, honeysuckle and grapefruit. Good acid profile and really nice flavor. 90 pts. 8/12/11
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!
Crisp, citrus, pear, green apple. Very good.
External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills Horse Heaven Vineyard
This is an excellent vintage in Washington, and Bob Bertheau has made a soft, smooth, well-crafted Sauvignon Blanc. Just a bit more than one-third was barrel fermented, and the blend is 100% varietal. Itrsquo;s a fruity, polished effort with citrusy highlights, but Irsquo;d love to see the winemaker veer a bit more towards a Washington State-style that includes some sweet grassiness in the finish.
Tangy and appealing for its deft balance of orange peel and green olive flavors, which linger gently on the finish. Drink now.
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.
Nicely crafted and a bit riper than the regular Sauvignon, this fruit-driven wine adds light butterscotch and hints of wood spice to the basic citrus and apple flavors. The acids taste like fresh-squeezed Meyer lemons.
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. Itrsquo;s got textures that suggest time sur lie, and a persistent, focused midpalate that continues on through an extended finish.
This is the designated vineyard for the wineryrsquo;s top Sauvignon Blanc, but here it is merely good, not great. Half barrel fermented, half stainless steel is the approach, but somehow the fruit seems a bit dried out compared with the other bottling. Dried peas and green apple flavors, perhaps a whiff of cardboard, show; overall itrsquo;s a stony, bone-dry wine despite the addition of 15% Semillon.
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 1ndash;2 years, Chateau Ste. Michelle continues to produce large quantities of quality wine at exceptionally fair prices.
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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