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Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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This Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard is a crisp, racy style of Sauvignon Blanc with citrus characteristics. We use partial stainless steel fermentation to preserve the Sauvignon Blanc’s pure, fresh, vibrant character.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,082
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/29/2009

A fairly fruity style with typical notes of almost minty cut grass, nettle, kiwi, and mineral tones - fruity in the mouth with a nice richness, plenty of zesty tropical fruits here, kiwi, lime, and a hint of guava, decent balance, all around solid showing, very clean finish is a bit short 85pts


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Snooth User: JOst
138984201
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 02/21/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 11/21/2012

Great aromas! Pear, honeysuckle and grapefruit. Good acid profile and really nice flavor. 90 pts. 8/12/11


Snooth User: 40somethinglife
867897269
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 11/17/2011

I noted the color is pale straw with a hint of yellow gold. On the nose it has a light fresh aroma like newly cut grass. It’s clean with hints of melon, mild citrus, granny smith apples and fresh herbal notes. At first taste it is slightly sharp on the tongue with a mild bite and absolutely bursts with tropical fruits on the palate – a delightful surprise. The finish is beautiful long, crisp and luscious. If you like a clean, sharp, fresh Sauvignon Blanc you will really like this wine. I would pair with smoked salmon or oysters. In fact, I think it would pair fabulously with oysters. I must try it!


Snooth User: mavbaseball18
90190342
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 07/29/2011

Crisp, citrus, pear, green apple. Very good.


Snooth User: luxofish
96486311
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 03/04/2015

Four glasses


4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/06/2010

Nicely sweet and acidic with orange, melon and lemon flavors. Great long finish with a bit of spice. Really nice wine.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 06/04/2010

The nose has a rich peachy aroma, with a mineral mouth that sits well, a touch of sweetness, more peaches on the finish. There is some vanilla and cherry as well. Well composed and eager to please.


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External Reviews for Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2013 01/13/2015

Coming from the warm 2013 vintage, this is an aromatic offering, with notes of pineapple, kiwi, herbs and oak spices (40% barrel fermented). It’s creamy in feel, but with tart, vibrant acidity that keeps the palate fresh and lively.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2013 02/08/2015

Fresh and appealing, with open-textured pear and grapefruit flavors, finishing soft. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2013 01/13/2015

Pale straw-yellow color. Precise aromas of lemon, pineapple and grapefruit. Boasts a rather glyceral texture but with lovely lemony cut, an element of wild herbs and crisp acidity giving the wine very good inner-mouth lift. The persistent finish features saline and lemony nuances.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/21/2014

Bright, vibrant, expressive and juicy, with quince, pear, floral and spice flavors that dance through the long finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/21/2014

Coming from the warm 2012 vintage, the notes vary from stone fruit, such as apricot, into tropical with dried pineapple. Aged in a mixture of stainless steel and older French oak barrels, it’s fresh and appealing while also displaying some weight and density, drinking quite dry with a tart finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 10/31/2012

Washington state s oldest and most acclaimed winery features award-winning wines and an unparalleled tasting experience at our historic chateau and grounds near Seattle.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 02/07/2013

Delivers aromas of ripe pear and notes of citrus fruit. The wine was fermented in a combination of oak and stainless steel tanks. The stainless steel fermentation preserved the Sauvignon Blanc?s vibrant character and refreshing, crisp quality.


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This Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard is a crisp, racy style of Sauvignon Blanc with citrus characteristics. We use partial stainless steel fermentation to preserve the Sauvignon Blanc’s pure, fresh, vibrant character.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.16
Total Acidity: 6.9 grams per liter

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