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Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley Reserve 2001

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"Red Wine Syrah/Shiraz by Ch. Ste. Michelle from Columbia Valley, Washington. Cool temperatures early in the season led to a warm, dry and stable growing season. A cold front in September slowed the ripening allowing grapes an extended time on the vine which developed intense flavors. Exotic spice aromas heightened by a hint... "

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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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Snooth User: quinnrosie
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08/04/2007

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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley Reserve

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

On the lean side, nicely balanced to show spicy plum flavors in a lively frame. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
12/15/2011

Light and immaculate fruit lifts up this pleasant, pretty red wine. Immediately enjoyable and fresh, it is a fine choice for drinking with poultry and lighter winter meals.



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