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2227 results, January 14, 2014

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

A favorite for Chef Kurt Michael Friese. "It’s rich, complex and fun, displaying flavors of black cherries and currant accented by notes of rosemary, finishing with Cold Creek Vineyard’s trademark tannins and concentration."

Yahoo! Voices , January 5, 2014

“Best Bargains”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Dry Riesling Columbia Valley

BevMo!, January 2, 2014

“Recommended party wine for the NFL playoffs”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Indian Wells Chardonnay Columbia Valley

"Medium straw, yellow color; oaky, ripe fruit aroma, pretty rich, very good to excellent quality; medium bodied, very oaky, easy and layered on the palate, fine density; ripe core fruit and sweet oak in the flavors, medium concentration; medium finish, dense; thick; enticing aftertaste."

Napa Valley Register, January 2, 2014

“Wine of the week”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills

"The aroma is sensational, with a white Graves-like stony-ness, some dried lime, and stone- and star-fruit. The wine is bone dry and has a trace of Semillon for complexity, and thus should age brilliantly for years. A stunning verification of sauvignon blanc’s greatness."

Cooking Light, January 1, 2014

“Pair with Chicken Stir Fry”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley

"Stir-fries go wonderfully with aromatic whites: floral and fruit flavors embrace ingredients like ginger and soy. Try gewürztraminer, one of the world's most aromatic grapes. Crisp Washington state gewürztraminer has the perfect medium body."

Chef, January 1, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Ethos Late Harvest Riesling Columbia Valley

Paired with the Green Tea Souffle. "Ethos is a decadent, honeyed dessert wine with dried apricot and orange marmalade flavors, which will be a perfect match with this unusual, sweet green tea souffle."

Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2013

91 points, “Editors' Choice”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Indian Wells Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The Indian Wells Chardonnay by this producer continues to improve with each vintage. Here, the melding of luscious tropical fruit with buttery barrel flavors is just about perfect. Pineapple, Meyer lemon and candied oranges highlight the intense flavors, and the lushy-applied oak influences carry the full-bodied wine to hold a smooth, satisfying finish.

Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2013

92 points, “Editors' Choice”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The best Ethos Cabernet yet, this 100% varietal wine is sourced from 40-year-old vines at the Cold Creek vineyards. Dark, rich, juicy and dense with black fruits, this powerhouse wine brings blackberry and cassis into focus with layers of cinnamon-dusted dark chocolate.

Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2013

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

This new Artist Series red is three-quarters Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and the rest a mix of Cab Franc and Malbec, mostly from the Cold Creek Vineyard. Blue and black fruits are enhanced with barrel flavors of smoke, tobacco and espresso. Some additional years in the bottle should help this wine knit together seamlessly.

Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2013

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

This vineyard-designated Merlot includes 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. This vintage, Syrah was eliminated and alcohol lowered - a welcomed shift. Rich and loaded with black fruits, it carries interesting accents of caramel popcorn, yielding a delicious, tongue-coating wine with a silky-smooth mouthfeel. It has good length, and the possibility of aging for another five or six years.

Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2013

89 points

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

With almost half of this wine aged in new French oak, it's barrel forward with notes of char and caramel along with tropical fruit. This fruit expression helps to retain a sense of elegance that carries through the finish.

Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2013

88 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Chardonnay Columbia Valley

This is a crisp, clean and nicely-structured Chardonnay,, fermented in a mix of new and neutral oak, along with some stainless steel. A bit beer-like and yeasty at first, it opens into pleasing flavors of grapefruit and pineapple, with just the right amount of acidity.

Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2013

88 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley

This lovely Gewürztraminer is floral without being cloying, and carries the varietal marker often described as talcum powder. There's a hint of mint, and despite the 16 g/L residual sugar, it's crisp and fresh.

Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2013

89 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Merlot Columbia Valley

2011 was an excellent year for this affordable Merlot, with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Syrah included in the final blend. It seems to tilt more towards a Bordeaux and away from California in style, bringing well-integrated hints of herb, tobacco and earth along with a core of black current fruit.

Wine Spectator, December 30, 2013

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Cold Creek Merlot Columbia Valley

Ripe and velvety, a dramatic wine with smoke and tomato leaf overtones to the cherry and blackberry fruit, remaining focused on the long finish. Tannins can use cellaring to soften.(Web only 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's Winophilia, December 22, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Ethos Syrah Columbia Valley

"...offers enticing scents of red berries, flint and star anise. It’s lush and velvety on the palate (the wine wears its 15.5% alcohol gracefully), with sweet red berry and smoke flavors complicated by an earthy nuance. The finish is sweet and long, with plush tannins.", December 16, 2013

“Top 10 Holiday Wines”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Ethos Syrah Columbia Valley

"Produced in the Columbia Valley of Eastern Washington, the 2009 Ethos Syrah benefits from the region's dry, warm weather that yields intense varietal flavors and deep color. A rich mouthful of dark boysenberry is complemented by hints of earth, giving way to a long, sweet finish. Try pairing this powerful yet soft Syrah with rack of lamb or grilled duck.", December 15, 2013

“Very Good plus”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

"This pitch black colored Cabernet from Washington State is unique and impressive. It opens with a mild black currant bouquet with a hint of oak. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty blueberry and root beer blend with hints of black currant and faint oak. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are well managed and slow nice length. This Cab would pair perfectly with a New York strip steak with a dollop of butter on top."

Wine Spectator, December 15, 2013

89 points, “Best Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Bright and lively, with juicy pear and grapefruit flavors on a sleek frame, finishing with refreshing acidity and a polished texture.

Great Northwest Wine, December 12, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle

"Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington state’s most-visited winery, with more than 300,000 people arriving for wine tastings, events, dinners and concerts. Chateau Ste. Michelle also has the distinction of being the world’s largest producer of Riesling at more than 1.2 million cases (no single winery on Earth makes more), and it’s also Washington largest winery, crafting 2.7 million cases annually."

Wine Peeps, December 11, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Syrah Columbia Valley

Deep purple in color. Nice nose with black fruit and spice aromas. Black cherry, blackberry, spice, and a hint of smoked meat come through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with crisp acidity, medium to high tannins, and a very long finish.

Stephen Tanzer's Winophilia, December 9, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills

Its musky aromas of currant, licorice, cedar and sage lead to a smooth, pliant palate offering good richness and depth to its redcurrant, herb and milk chocolate flavors. There’s plenty of sexy oak here but it’s supported by ripe fruit. The finish features suave, edge-free tannins and lovely lingering sweetness.

Great Northwest Wine, December 8, 2013

“Best Buy/ Outstanding”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

"An Outstanding case for Christmas." Here’s a splendid example of the king of wines, yet it’s priced for everyday enjoyment. Elegant aromas begin with toasted sesame, blackberry and chocolate, backed by cherry, blueberry, tobacco and maple syrup. The smooth drink delivers creamy flavors of Marionberry milk shake, dark cherries and chocolate. Moderate tannins and great acidity provide a harmonious balance, and a pinch of sweet herbs in the finish adds complexity. It’s the largest production of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Pacific Northwest, so it’s easy to find and worthy of a case purchase. Suggested fare includes duck, veal and a steak topped with Rogue Creamery’s Oregon Blue.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 3, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Harvest Select Sweet Riesling Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington’s oldest winery and the world’s largest single producer of riesling. The Harvest Select Sweet Riesling, which has a 10.5 percent alcohol level, is slightly sweeter than its very popular Columbia Valley Riesling. The Harvest Select Sweet Riesling, which got 90 points as a “Best Buy” from Wine Enthusiast, tastes of ripe sweet peaches and honey. Its crisp acidity is a great balance for buttery cookies.

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