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Northwest Palate, April 1, 1997

“Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Northwest Palate, April 1, 1997

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Dessert Wine Late Harvest White Riesling Columbia Valley

Wine Enthusiast, April 1, 1997

92 points, “Cellar Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Intense dark red with purple highlights. Full-bodied. Highly extracted. Heavily oaked. Moderately tannic. Cedar, pine, black fruits, tea. Deep dark fruit and oak accented nose. Solid and dense palate with fruity depth and a firm but lengthy finish.sss

Wine Enthusiast, April 1, 1997

96 points, “Cellar Selection / Top 100 Wines of 1997”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Very deep reddish purple color. Full bodied. Highly extracted. Moderately oaked. Quite tannic. Reminiscent of black fruits, licorice, tea, brown spice. Rich brooding dark fruit nose. Solid, generously textured mouthfeel with great depth and full layered tannins through the finish. Substantial and structured.^Top 100 Wines in 12/31/97 issue

Wine Spectator, February 28, 1997

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Bright and mildly citrusy, with spice-accented, soft lemon, pear and lightly herbal flavors that echo with remarkable refinement on the finish. First separate bottling from this vineyard.^Also reviewed in WA Special Report 11/30/97

Wine Spectator, February 28, 1997

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Dessert Wine Late Harvest White Riesling Columbia Valley

Ripe, sweet, rich and complex. A subtle mouthful of honey, earth, floral and apple pie flavors that linger on the generous finish.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 1997

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Brilliant pale straw hue. Moderately light-bodied. Balanced acidity. Subtly extracted. Mildly oaked. Toast, citrus, minerals. Crisp and vibrant with a flinty focused character on the palate.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 1997

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Deep golden hue. Moderately full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Moderately extracted. Mildly oaked. Bread dough, citrus, flowers. Complex in aromatics with attractive yeast. Lush and generous with a solid backbone of acidity. Pleasant lengthy finish.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 1997

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Deep pale gold color. Moderately full-bodied. Full acidity. Highly extracted. Mildly oaked. Minerals, apples, toast. Tightly wound, with an austere flinty core of stone fruit flavors. Toasty oak notes add complexity and round out the mouthfeel. ^Also reviewed 2/1/96 Score 88^Medium body, acid, fruit and oak. Pears, butterscotch, vanilla, citrus. Attractively bold and aromatic. Well extracted fruit remains in balance with sweetish oak.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 1997

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Deep bright golden color. Moderately full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Moderately extracted. Mildly oaked. Vanilla, apples, citrus. Lush and round in the mouth with a pleasant interplay of fruit and oak derived characteristics. Lingering vanilla-tinged finish.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 1997

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Attractive golden hue. Medium-bodied. Full acidity. High extract. Moderate oak. Buttered popcorn, apples, earth. Aromatic, with a mouthfilling palate featuring zesty acidity. Clean, balanced, refreshing.^Also reviewed 2/1/96 Score: 87^Medium Light body. Medium acid. Mild fruit and oak. Tangerines, smoke, minerals. Delicate, slightly candied flavors are clean and pleasant with a beguiling finish.

Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 1996

90 points, “Cellar Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1993 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Rich purple. Full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Highly extracted and oaked. Smoke, earth, black fruits. Deeply extracted and dense with luscious fruit on a bold palate. Complex rustic aromas emerge with aeration, while tart notes play in the finish. A bit chunky now, this should develop more grace and complexity in the mid-term.

Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 1996

87 points, “Cellar Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1993 Horse Heaven Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 1996

93 points, “Cellar Selection / Top 100 wines of the Year - 1996 in review”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1993 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Top 100 Wines of the Year Reviewed Holiday 1996 issue: Deep ruby with a purple cast. Full-bodied. Highly extracted. Violets, black fruits, smoke. A deep, brooding and densely texctured wine with a striking floral note. Plenty of grip in the finish is not out of place. Very classy and elegantly structured.

Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 1996

87 points, “Cellar Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1993 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Deep ruby with purple rim. Full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Highly extracted. Moderately oaked. Blueberries, pepper, cedar. A big concentrated style with its fruit closed in by a tannic element. The finish is lengthy but quite austere. Clearly structured for the long term.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 1996

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1993 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Crisp and fruity at first, offering nicely articulated berry flavors, although the tannins sneak past these notes by the finish.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 1996

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1989 Dessert Wine Late Harvest White Riesling Columbia Valley

Wine Spectator, September 15, 1996

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Finely focused pear, spice, grapefruit and vanilla flavors grace this harmonious, well balanced wine. Nice now, better in 1997.

Wine Spectator, September 15, 1996

90 points, “Spectator Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Sharply focused pear and citrus flavors hold the spotlight in this crisp, appealing wine with a long, juicy finish.

Wine Spectator, September 15, 1996

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Smooth and polished, offering tasty nutmeg-scented pear and honey flavors that linger on a delicate finish.

Wine Spectator, August 31, 1996

87 points, “1996 Yearbook Choices”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1993 Horse Heaven Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Deliciously focused berry and currant flavors over a velvety frame. Echoes of spice and fruit on the lively, complex finish.^1996 Yearbook Choices 1/31/97

Wine Spectator, August 31, 1996

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1993 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Dense and chewy--a serious wine. Focused berry and chocolate flavors persist on the solid finish. Seems closed at this point, need more richness on the finish. Allow until 1999-2000 to soften.

Wine Spectator, June 15, 1996

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1993 Horse Heaven Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

A solid mouthful of anise-scented, slightly raisiny blackberry, plum and black pepper flavors that linger distinctively on the finish.

Wine Spectator, June 15, 1996

90 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1993 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Silky, spicy and generous with its plum, anise and gently peppery flavors, smooth and inviting on the finish. This Washington red is approachable now, but will be better in 1998.

Indian Wells label on bottle