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San Jose Mercury News, April 7, 2014

“Budget Friendly wines under $20”

Chateau Ste.Michelle

Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington state's largest winery but manages to keep quality high. One of the winery's best buys is its off-dry riesling, which is just labeled "riesling." The dry riesling costs just a buck more. Although the Columbia Valley reds are usually good buys, quality increases when you step up to the vineyard-designate wines, like the 2011 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Indian Wells" Merlot, which displays rich, lively black fruit with some oak, baking spices and fine tannins." (National), April 5, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Merlot Columbia Valley

"It never fails to amaze how a company as big as Chateau Ste Michelle that produces so many different labels and wine can be so consistently reliable. Hmmm, the auto companies might study this company and its track record of delivering what the buyer expects. That observation aside as an admitted fan of Washington State wines the 2011 Merlot under the Chateau Ste Michelle label did not disappoint this reviewer.

Dark purplish with a tinge of red on the edge the anticipated rise of aroma from the glass didn’t happen. Instead of coming up to meet your nose the 2011 Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot had a layer of berries and oak spice that acted more like a blanket than a helium balloon, covering the bed of wine instead of rising up from it, very different for a wine in this price range. The flavor is a full mouth of fruit, mixed berry and a touch of cedar set against a spicy character, while the profile of the fruit is not distinct and therein one knock I have against this wine, it is tasty and pleasing. As you might expect from a wine built around 94% Merlot it is heavily weighted to the front of your palate, but the addition of other varietals serves to carry into the mid palate, though not much beyond to the finish. The finish is slightly tannic with mild acidity that sets the stage for a meal if you choose to present this wine at the table."

The Seattle Times, April 5, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle

The Seattle Times profiled Washington's wine industry this week with quotes from Ted Baseler, CEO and President of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, throughout.

“I didn’t imagine 30 years ago that we would have wineries in every corner of the state,” said Ted Baseler, president of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in Woodinville. “Today, we’re much more on the world stage than we were even 10 years ago.”

This year is Baseler’s 30th with the Northwest’s largest wine producer. His company’s roots date back to just after Prohibition, and he now leads an industry that is responsible for 12 million cases of wine and more than $8 billion annually for this state’s bottom line."

Wine Spectator, March 31, 2014

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

"Firm and chewy, presenting a pulsing core of black cherry, guava and spice flavors that push through the layer of tannins to the focused, expressive finish."

Wine Enthusiast, March 1, 2014

87 points, “2014 Online Exclusive”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot Horse Heaven Hills

"Though the oak is high quality (62% new American and French), it’s in your face on this 100% varietal wine, with notes of char and toast. It’s soft, silky and elegant in feel but the barrel flavors take over making it hard to get all the fruit notes."

Drinks International, March 1, 2014

“#38 Most Admired Wine Brands”

Chateau Ste. Michelle

"The oldest winery in Washington State, Chateau Ste. Michelle was named winery of the year 2013 for the 19th time by Wine & Spirits Magazine. One of the founding fathers of the modern California wine industry and one of the most influential figures since the repeal of the Prohibition, Andre Tchelistcheff was famed for counseling others in the wine world. Fredrick Stimson was one of Tchelistcheff’s counsels and following this guidance, Ste. Michelle Vintners, a new line of premium vinifera wines, was introduced in 1967. With two separate wineries, one for the red and another for the white, Château Ste Michelle is led by winemaker Bob Bertheau. The seemingly unbeatable winery of the year retains its place in the chart and is the third in the Most Admired US brands."

Anchorage Daily News (, February 13, 2014

“Wine of the Week”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Syrah Columbia Valley

"Syrah is such a hard grape to use well. It's oh-so-easy to make it average, which is to say, boring, and there's a lot of that around. That's why I sat up and took notice at a recent tasting. I thought, 'Wow, Chateau Ste. Michelle did this?! Really? Hey, these guys are getting it dialed in.' A great Syrah nose here -- tar, licorice, herb, black fruit and in the mouth, oaky vanilla, strawberry/cherry fruit, mineral and decent pulpiness. This is a very, very satisfying example. Serve with steaks, chops, burgers or cassolette."

Northwest Wine Anthem, February 7, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle

"Everybody in the Northwest knows about the important role that Chateau Ste Michelle has played in the growth and development of the Washington wine industry. As the oldest winery in the state dating to a 1934 CSM founded the industry in Washington. They've since grown to such a size, and are so well distributed that they are often the first, and in many cases only Washington wine that folks from other parts of the country will come into contact with."

"CSM has also been at the forefront of a lot of the vineyard planting and cultivation and so it should probably comes as no surprise that the winery recently marked the 40th anniversary of the planting of one of their signature sites, Cold Creek Vineyard. Planted in 1973.

The site was selected for the winery by Walter Clore, the father of Washington wine, in what was and still remains a remote location. Planted originally to 500 acres, at the time doubling the state's vineyard acreage it was originally a little bit of everything. Today the vineyard specializes a bit more, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay and Merlot. The vineyard has since grown to 811 acres and there remains quite a bit of variety, include Muscat."

Northwest Wine Anthem, February 7, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

"While Washington Merlot can sometimes be diminutive, particularly in a cool vintage that is anything but the case when it comes to Cold Creek. The wine is certainly concentrated and influenced by the use of new oak. Aromatics of mocha and black plums, and a palate loaded with ripe blueberry and generous dusting of cocoa powder."

Northwest Wine Anthem, February 7, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

"A cool vintage Cabernet from one of Washington's warmest sites results in a balance of power and restraint. Aromatics are very fruit forward, dark fruits with hints of coffee and barrel spice evident from the use of new oak. The wine is comprised of layers of blackberry and the darkest of ripe cherry, finishes to chocolate and dusty herbal notes."

Northwest Wine Anthem, February 7, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

"Outstanding in a word. Ripe and aromatic Riesling with great acidity that balances a fantastic wine. Aromas of late season peach, apricot and lemon skin. On the palate there's a balance between rounded fruit flavors and a clean crisp finish. Outstanding with food, or frankly, without."

Wine & Spirits, February 1, 2014

88 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

"Purple and dark, with a smoky line shadowing the fruit in its aromas, this up-front cabernet supports a subtle, forest-floor bottom note. There's some elegance to the flavors, en route to a chocolaty finish. Serve with a steak."

Tim, January 31, 2014

“3 Star Producer”

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Tim, January 31, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Cassis, cinnamon and allspice flavor this creamy, viscous wine. Though it carries its alcohol well now, it may slip as its boisterous fruit fades. Consider this a mid-term wine and enjoy
with gusto, especially for the price!
Drink: 2014-17
(92 points)

Tim, January 31, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Waussie Riesling Columbia Valley

Delightful today with its apricot preserve, ginger and marzipan flavors, this off-dry Riesling glides across the palate. Persistent on the aftertaste and bustling with acidity, this wellbalanced wine has a long life ahead.
Drink: 2014-22
(92 points)

Tim, January 31, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Produced from 30-year-old vines, this Riesling boasts a ripe cantaloupe nose and tropical flavors of guava and passion fruit. Fairly light in body but not in concentration, there’s no
reason to rush to imbibe this high-toned, classic Washington white.
Drink: 2014-20
(90 points)

Tim, January 31, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills

(89 points)

Tim, January 31, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Ethos Reserve Syrah

(88 points)

SF Gate, January 31, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

"If having a scrambled egg-kale breakfast burrito sometime other than breakfast, consider serving it with the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc bottling from Chateau Ste. Michelle alongside."

Tim, January 30, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Ethos Reserve Late Harvest Riesling Columbia Valley

The world’s largest producer of a single brand of Riesling, Ste. Michelle offers eight styles of
the variety. This bracingly clean, late harvest example displays an entrancing nose of apricot nectar, Mandarin orange peel, golden pineapple and honey. Labeled simply Columbia Valley,this wine comes entirely from their 30-year-old Horse Heaven Vineyard in the Horse Heaven
Hills. Adjacent to the Columbia River, it develops botrytis every year. This wine’s 238 grams per liter of residual sugar are well-contained by vivacious acidity. Drink: 2014-18 (94 points)

Wine Spectator, January 29, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Chardonnay was featured by Tim Fish as "an exciting wine for $20 or less to get you through tax season." "Sleek and lively with juicy pear and grapefruit flavors and refreshing acidity."

Wine Peeps, January 29, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley

"Pale straw yellow. Aromatic with honey, melon, and floral notes on the nose. More honey, melon, and floral notes as well as apple come through on the palate. Medium sweet and medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long finish."

Wine Press Northwest, January 22, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Syrah Columbia Valley

"The Wahluke Slope has become a sweet spot in Washington for Syrah, and winemaker Bob Bertheau's team relied heavily on this appellation for this affordable red. The fruit-filled nose features blackberry, blueberry, cola, vanilla, alder smoke and moist tobacco. It's stunning in the mouth with dark purple fruit amid a texture so dense it's almost syrupy. And yet there's ripe blueberry acidity and rewarding tannins for balance."

Wine Align, January 17, 2014

“Wine of the Day”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Riesling Columbia Valley

"Open sweet ripe nose of baked apples with floral, honey and lime juice notes. The attack is fresh and round with more sweet, red apple, pink grapefruit and lime flavours. Baked green apple, lime, grapefruit, honey, floral flavours. A full blown style of riesling you can serve with spicy ribs or Indian curries. Good value and ready to drink."

Indian Wells label on bottle