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Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley 2003

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TASTING NOTES "The Columbia Valley Syrah is our soft, jammy and fruit-forward Syrah that is easy to enjoy. The 2003 Syrah is a fruit-driven wine with ripe berry and exotic spice characters." - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker VINTAGE Dry, warm weather throughout the growing season in 2003 created excellent ripening conditions. Modest precipitation in August and September cooled the vineyards, slowed down ripening and allowed grapes to benefi t from extra hang time. At harvest, fruit had reached full maturity, with intense fl avors, good sugar development and high natural acidity. WINEMAKING Ripe grapes were picked during the warmth of the day to start fermentation quickly, then crushed, destemmed and fermented for 7-8 days. A combination of maceration techniques were used to bring out Syrah's lush, concentrated character and minimize harsh tannins. Approximately 80% of the wine was made using pumpover techniques, where the juice was pumped over the cap twice daily to extract color, aromas and flavors. The remaining 20% of the wine was made by either gently punching down the cap for more rounded tannin extraction or fermented in a rotating tank to produce a more fruit-forward character in the wine. Aged for 14 months in French and American oak barrels, 25% new. TECHNICAL DATA Alcohol..........13.9% Total............0.58g /100ml Acidity..........pH 3.74 Blend............95% Syrah, 3% Viognier, 2% Cinsault FOOD PAIRINGS Foods: Beef, grilled salmon, strongly flavored cheeses Herbs: basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme

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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 Syrah Columbia Valley

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Snooth User: Primat21
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4.00 5
01/10/2008

smooth tannins, licorice, cola, touch of earth with a minerally finish. yum!


Snooth User: winetime222
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3.50 5
08/20/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley

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Source: The Wine Buyer
01/15/2009

'White pepper spice aromas lead to rich black cherry and blackberry jam flavors. This is a soft, lush and jammy style of Syrah with a lingering coffee, brambleberry finish.'



TASTING NOTES "The Columbia Valley Syrah is our soft, jammy and fruit-forward Syrah that is easy to enjoy. The 2003 Syrah is a fruit-driven wine with ripe berry and exotic spice characters." - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker VINTAGE Dry, warm weather throughout the growing season in 2003 created excellent ripening conditions. Modest precipitation in August and September cooled the vineyards, slowed down ripening and allowed grapes to benefi t from extra hang time. At harvest, fruit had reached full maturity, with intense fl avors, good sugar development and high natural acidity. WINEMAKING Ripe grapes were picked during the warmth of the day to start fermentation quickly, then crushed, destemmed and fermented for 7-8 days. A combination of maceration techniques were used to bring out Syrah's lush, concentrated character and minimize harsh tannins. Approximately 80% of the wine was made using pumpover techniques, where the juice was pumped over the cap twice daily to extract color, aromas and flavors. The remaining 20% of the wine was made by either gently punching down the cap for more rounded tannin extraction or fermented in a rotating tank to produce a more fruit-forward character in the wine. Aged for 14 months in French and American oak barrels, 25% new. TECHNICAL DATA Alcohol..........13.9% Total............0.58g /100ml Acidity..........pH 3.74 Blend............95% Syrah, 3% Viognier, 2% Cinsault FOOD PAIRINGS Foods: Beef, grilled salmon, strongly flavored cheeses Herbs: basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme

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