Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley 2005

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Tasting Notes Hints of warm boysenberry fruit and roasted espresso grace this soft Syrah. Plush on the palate, this wine is fleshy, viscous and mouth-filling. A tribute to the Wahluke Slope style of fruit forward and jammy. If there were one Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah to call a Shiraz..this would be it! - Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerVintage The 2005 harvest tested our winemakers patience, but ultimately delivered excellent quality fruit.The growing season started cool, followed by 90+ degree days in July and August.September brought cool and constant weather, which extended the season, allowing grapes extra time to ripen on the vine and enhance flavor development.Vineyards89% of the Syrah was sourced from the Wahluke Slope, a warm region known for ripe, jammy reds.Our most northern growing area, the Wahluke Slope is bordered on both the west and the south by the Columbia River. The regions warm days cause the grapes to assert sweet citrus and tropical characteristics, while the cool nights promote good structure, balance and flavor intensity.11% of the fruit came from our Columbia Valley Vineyards.Winemaking Ripe grapes were destemmed, crushed and inoculated with a variety of yeasts for maximum complexity.Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. The pumpovers can vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment is tasted every day to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques and find the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins.Aged for 20 months in French and American oak barrels using 60% new.Technical Data Alcohol: 14.5% Total Acidity: 0.64g /100ml pH: 3.76 Blend: 100% Syrah

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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: BeautifulCalamity
7729671,563
2.00 5
06/20/2011

2006 Review: 2 a bit harsh on the palate.


Snooth User: wine national
147967112
4.00 5
09/13/2009

Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington’s largest winery, and for such a large enterprise the elements of this 2005 Syrah are dramatic. Ethos is rich with flavors of earth, pepper and black fruits with a finish that comforts you like a favorite cashmere sweater. This effort is successful in bridging new and old world style with its expression of fundamental character.


Snooth User: ce76
19686023
3.00 5
06/08/2010

Three glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
12/03/2009

'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 Hints of warm boysenberry fruit and roasted espresso grace this soft Syrah. Plush on the palate, this wine is fleshy, viscous and mouth-filling. A tribute to the Wahluke Slope style of fruit forward and jammy. If there were one Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah to call a Shiraz..this would be it! - Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerVintage The 2005 harvest tested our winemakers patience, but ultimately delivered excellent quality fruit.The growing season started cool, followed by 90+ degree days in July and August.September brought cool and constant weather, which extended the season, allowing grapes extra time to ripen on the vine and enhance flavor development.Vineyards89% of the Syrah was sourced from the Wahluke Slope, a warm region known for ripe, jammy reds.Our most northern growing area, the Wahluke Slope is bordered on both the west and the south by the Columbia River. The regions warm days cause the grapes to assert sweet citrus and tropical characteristics, while the cool nights promote good structure, balance and flavor intensity.11% of the fruit came from our Columbia Valley Vineyards.Winemaking Ripe grapes were destemmed, crushed and inoculated with a variety of yeasts for maximum complexity.Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. The pumpovers can vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment is tasted every day to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques and find the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins.Aged for 20 months in French and American oak barrels using 60% new.Technical Data Alcohol: 14.5% Total Acidity: 0.64g /100ml pH: 3.76 Blend: 100% Syrah

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