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Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley 2006

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Château Ste. Michelle is Washington state’s Founding Winery, with some of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in the Columbia Valley. Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition, when the Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company were formed. The winery combines Old World winemaking tradition with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This lovely Syrah is full of white pepper spice aromas which lead to rich black cherry and blackcurrant jam flavours on the palate. This is a soft, lush style of Syrah with a lingering coffee/brambly finish.

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,447
4.00 5
11/08/2010

A bit chocolately on the nose with a light meaty undertone and some herbal spice and juniper tones framing plummy fruit. This opens with good precision on the palate, fine acids supporting clear, mineral tinged plum fruit with soft tannins barely peaking through. The mid-palate sees a more pronounced oak impact with some gentle spice tones that lead a minty, fresh, clean finish. This is a bit tight right now but well focused with pure fruit and gentle oak influences that add complexity without obscuring the fruit. 90pts


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Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
4.00 5
12/08/2009

Bright sweet juicy nose with a strong bacon note. Huge spiced full-bodied black cherry explosion in the mouth that starts with eucalyptus and slowly fades into a complex leathery peppery finish. Lots going on in this wine, and it's all good.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
12/08/2009

Nice thick nose of plums and cherry. A very dense wine with some light leather and cedar flavors. White pepper on the mid palate before moving to an even spicier finish. Very nice.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.00 5
12/08/2009

Really rich blackberry, cherry, chocolate nose with whisky notes and vanilla. Something like caramel or toffee drizzled on top, but it doesn't taste like a dessert, with its strong tannins and long body. Very relaxing to drink.


Snooth User: rjpease
3949851,035
3.50 5
09/22/2010

This is a very dense wine, lots of cherries and plums on the nose. The finish is rich, with hints of caramel, leather and pepper. Nice rich lingering flavor.


Snooth User: r sprezzatura
354247747
3.50 5
09/11/2010

Aromas of black fruit; notes of leather and earthiness present. The taste was smooth, full-bodied, with blackberry, coffee, and black pepper. The finish was elegant and not very tannic.


Snooth User: lolazaza
843985132
3.00 5
08/27/2011

Beautiful dark purple color. Nose is a little tight but has some blackcurrant, black fruit, earth, and oak. Blackberry on the attack. Spicy coffee on the midpalate. Medium length finish that has the oak that came through on the nose. This wine's a little oaky for me. Not super complex. Maybe a little flabby. It has some good things going on though. At $6 I don't regret buying it. I do wish it were a little more tannic.


Snooth User: jchriswilson
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0.00 5
07/16/2011

TA S T I N G N O T E S “Juicy blackberry fruit, boysenberry pie 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.” FOOD PAIRINGS Foods beef, grilled salmon, strongly flavored cheeses Herbs basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2013


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley

External Review
10/14/2010

'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.'



Château Ste. Michelle is Washington state’s Founding Winery, with some of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in the Columbia Valley. Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition, when the Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company were formed. The winery combines Old World winemaking tradition with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This lovely Syrah is full of white pepper spice aromas which lead to rich black cherry and blackcurrant jam flavours on the palate. This is a soft, lush style of Syrah with a lingering coffee/brambly finish.

Closure: Cork

Aged 18 months in American Oak.

Notes: 18 months in American and French Oak

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.79
Total Acidity: 0.57 grams per liter

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