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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.

Link to the full article: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/wine/wine-finds-forget-the-milk-try-these-wines-with-cookies/article_9d22a7b6-f4e3-567a-87c7-fbf78461f172.html

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, December 1, 2013

“Best of the 2 Star Wines”

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

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Year In Review - Best Wines of the Year

By STAFF

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Cheers, December 1, 2013

Chateau St. Michelle

"Chateau Ste. Michelle really helped put Washington State on the map, and many [consumers] have heard of them from around the world." - Chad Mackay, El Guacho.

"Chateau Ste. Michelle's reputation 'is a positive presence for wines in the region.' - Sarah Evans, Vino Volo."

Wine & Spirits, December 1, 2013

“The Best for $10 or Less”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Dry Riesling Columbia Valley

Lemon scents and green apple crunch; for lunchtime.

Wine & Spirits, December 1, 2013

88 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Riesling Columbia Valley

Scents of pineapple and lime, accented by a mild spritz, give way to a focused sweetness of fruit on the palate, and a modest phenolic bite that calls for a paring with cumin spiced pork.

Wine & Spirits, December 1, 2013

90 points, “Year's Best Cabernet and Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

A classic and a real steal, this generous cabernet offers scents of cassis and mocha, adorned with a hint of pine. The flavors are warm and open, its cedar accents lending old-school elegance to generous, dark fruit and slightly furry tannins. A great weeknight red for a smoked pork chop.

Wine & Spirits, December 1, 2013

“The best for $10 or less”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Riesling Columbia Valley

Ripe pineapple and lime; for pork loin.

Wine Spectator, November 30, 2013

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Ethos Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Firm on the surface, fleshy underneath, offering peppery black currant and cherry flavors that dance vibrantly through the long and expressive finish.

Wine Spectator, November 30, 2013

90 points, “Smart Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Indian Wells Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Vivid, polished and distinctive, with an apricot tinge to the pear and cream flavors, lifted by delicate acidity. Comes together smoothly on the finish.

Wine Spectator, November 30, 2013

90 points, “#68 Top 100 ”

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

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

Wine Spectator, November 30, 2013

90 points, “100 Outstanding Values (12/31/13)”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Syrah Columbia Valley

Fresh and vibrant, this is polished in texture, glowing with blackberry, black olive and licorice flavors that flow smoothly into the long finish.

The Seattle Times, November 29, 2013

“#11 - The Seattle Times Top 50 Wines”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Dry Riesling Columbia Valley

Ste. Michelle is the world champ of riesling production, and this just might be its best effort. It’s outrageously aromatic with mouthwatering flavors.

Great Northwest Wine, November 24, 2013

“Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Gewurztraminer Columbia Valley

A magnificent wine to serve at Thanksgiving, one of the Pacific Northwest’s prime examples of Gewürztraminer might also be the easiest to find. The gorgeous nose, which gets a boost from Muscat (2%) features lychee, orange, apricot skin, tangerine and clove. Clean, classic and yummy flavors feature tangerine, grapefruit and melon. In the finish pops up some varietally correct bitterness from citrus pith and apricot pit to skillfully balance the residual sugar (1.6%). Head winemaker Bob Bertheau enjoys this wine with any food with a bit of “bite to it.”

Baltimore Sun, November 21, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Gewurztraminer Columbia Valley

This is a well-balanced, full-bodied, spicy gewurztraminer with good acidity to offset the modest amount of residual sugar. It offers flavors of honey, peach, apple, line and tropical fruit and has the heft it takes to stand up to the wide variety of flavors on the turkey table.

Great Northwest Wine, November 20, 2013

“Best Buy!”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Aromas conjure up thoughts of Granny Smith apple, lemon and Tim’s All Natural Unsalted Potato Chips, but there are barrel notes of toasted oak and vanilla. Much of the massive lot was aged in nearly neutral barrels and stirred on the lees for seven months, paving the way to flavors of Bosc pear, baked apple, dried pineapple, jicama and vanilla. A sheen of orange oil in the finish bodes nicely for tarragon-influence chicken, crab, salmon with fresh ginger or seared scallops. Rating: Excellent

Great Northwest Wine, November 17, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

This Cab uses grapes primarily from Cold Creek, a renowned 40-year-old estate vineyard across the Columbia River from the Wahluke Slope. It opens with aromas of cherry wood smoke, violet, dark chocolate, black currant and pipe tobacco. On the palate, it reveals creamy flavors of sweet cherry, dark strawberry and black pepper, all backed by supple tannins and vibrant acidity that give way to a complex and layered finish. Rating: Outstanding

Wine Spectator, November 15, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Recommended as a recently rated Chardonnay, whose body and fruit profile make a good foil for the holiday's flavors.

Wine Spectator, November 15, 2013

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Ethos Syrah Columbia Valley

Bright, crisp and appealing, with lively blackberry and currant fruit playing against hints of pepper and bacon. The finish lingers nicely…

Wine Spectator, November 15, 2013

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Light on its feet, with ripe currant and cherry flavors that pick up spicy notes as the finish sales on.

Great Northwest Wine, November 14, 2013

“Best Buy!”

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

The nose of Granny Smith apple and Asian pear gathers up hints of pineapple, clove and lychee. Crisp orchard fruit flavors come through in bright fashion, finished with lime peel and kumquat. Suggested food pairings include steamed mussels, herb-encrusted chicken and goat cheese. Rating: Excellent

Great Northwest Wine, November 12, 2013

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

Nose of toasted oak and butterscotch, but there’s a pleasing backing of Golden Delicious apple and dried pineapple with hints of coriander and fresh dill. Tropical flavors of guava and mango lead the way as butterscotch takes over the midpalate before yielding to a finish of pear, apple and quince. Suggested pairings include crab cakes, pork tenderloin and salmon.

Great Northwest Wine, November 12, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Opulence begins with the aromas of dark black cherry, blackberry and nutmeg swirling in dark chocolate and toasted almond. And that’s no tease. That profile is matched on a palate that starts with blackberry syrup and remains smooth through the finish of polished tannins and ample acidity.

Great Northwest Wine, November 11, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley

Best buy! Blueberry, macerated cherries, bittersweet chocolate and campfire smoke fill the nose, and the flavors follow with Montmorency cherry, boysenberry and rhubarb pie. Its structure features moderate tannins with shiny acidity and a finish of smoky blackberry, a sign of the Syrah (15%) that helps flesh out the palate.

Austin Chronicle, November 7, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Riesling Columbia Valley

Ste. Michelle made their reputation early on with perfectly balanced Rieslings and they still have the knack for making food-friendly Rieslings at ridiculously low prices. Their Columbia Valley Riesling is perfect with any spicy Asian-style food.

Indian Wells label on bottle