Columbia Valley Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

• Riesling grapes were harvested in October at the peak of fl avor. • Fermentation temperatures were maintained at 50-55 degrees F to preserve Riesling’s fresh and fruity character, using an assortment of yeasts for added complexity. • We feature the “Riesling Taste Profi le” scale on the back label to help people understand that this Riesling is made in a “medium-sweet” style.

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  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 Columbia Valley Harvest Select Sweet Riesling

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Snooth User: Zuiko
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3.50 5
04/08/2012

This 2011 is an improvement over the 2010. For years, Ste Michelle's Rieslings were just a shadow of their single vineyard wines. With this wine, there seems to be a change. The fruit is much more intense than what I was expecting. It also has a longer finish and a nicer flavor profile. Sweetness is similar to a Rhine district Spatlese or Mosel Auslese.


Snooth User: freerangeathlete
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3.50 5
12/23/2012

Pretty good. I had low expectations but was very surprised. Would have liked a little more acid but it still wasn't too sweet for me.


Snooth User: rambleon
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5.00 5
01/09/2011

This is one of very few riesling's I have tried and is one of my favorites. It is sweet, but not overly and almost a sparkling hint in there. I love it!


Snooth User: rorton
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4.00 5
01/11/2011

One of the best I have had in a long time, too bad I have to go to Atlanta to find it lol


Snooth User: lildieselwonder
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5.00 5
02/25/2011

Five glasses


External Reviews for Columbia Valley Harvest Select Sweet Riesling

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

Our Harvest Select Riesling is made in a slightly sweeter style than our "Columbia Valley Riesling" but still shows the elements of classic Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling. It offers beautiful crisp Washington Riesling character with rich fl avors of ripe pears and peaches. The fresh fruit punch and richness is balanced with crisp acidity to keep the wine in harmony. This is a perfect patio sipping wine or would be a great match with Thai food. - Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerTotal acidity: 0.78g/100 mlph: 2.98Residual sugar: 5.22g/100 mlAlcohol: 10.0%


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
01/16/2013

Offers beautiful crisp Washington Riesling character with rich flavors of ripe peaches and apricot. The fresh fruit and decadent character is balanced with crisp acidity to keep the wine in harmony.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/02/2013

Our Harvest Select Riesling is made in a slightly sweeter style than our "Columbia Valley Riesling" but still shows the elements of classic Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling. It offers beautiful crisp Washington Riesling character with rich fl avors of ripe pears and peaches. The fresh fruit punch and richness is balanced with crisp acidity to keep the wine in harmony. This is a perfect patio sipping wine or would be a great match with Thai food. - Bob Bertheau, Head WinemakerTotal acidity: 0.78g/100 mlph: 2.98Residual sugar: 5.22g/100 mlAlcohol: 10.0% ** SOLD OUT **



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Tasting Notes:

Our Harvest Select Riesling is made in a slightly sweeter style than our “Columbia Valley Riesling” but still shows the elements of classic Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling. It offers beautiful crisp Washington Riesling character with rich fl avors of ripe pears and peaches. The fresh fruit punch and richness is balanced with crisp acidity to keep the wine in harmony. This is a perfect patio sipping wine or would be a great match with Thai food.

• Riesling grapes were harvested in October at the peak of fl avor. • Fermentation temperatures were maintained at 50-55 degrees F to preserve Riesling’s fresh and fruity character, using an assortment of yeasts for added complexity. • We feature the “Riesling Taste Profi le” scale on the back label to help people understand that this Riesling is made in a “medium-sweet” style.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 10.0%
Sugar: 5.22 grams per liter Total Acidity: 0.78 grams per liter

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