Wine Enthusiast recently awarded Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 2010 Dry Riesling 91 points and ranked it #2 - Top 100 Best Buys 2012.
Wine editor Paul Gregutt writes, “Kudos to Ste. Michelle for accurately labeling this wine, and also for the Riesling sweetness scale on the back of all their Rieslings. Firm Yakima Valley fruit is the backbone here, tart and spicy, with bright flavors of pear and apple. A juicy, palate-cleansing style.”
“Our tasting experts reviewed more than 17,000 wines over the past 12 months, awarding the Best Buy designation to only 1,134 (roughly 6.7%). We whittled the list down from there, ultimately selecting wines that showcase the best relationship between score and price while also assessing other factors like availability and buzz. We also consider the overall balance of the list, striving to provide a wide range of different styles, varieties and origins for all palates and preferences.” (Wine Enthusiast, November 2012)
Chateau Ste. Michelle has been a champion of Riesling for more than 40 years and was among the first to plant Riesling in the state of Washington. Ste. Michelle was catapulted into the national spotlight when its 1972 Johannisberg Riesling won the now-famous blind tasting of nineteen White Rieslings sponsored by the Los Angeles Times. Today, Chateau Ste. Michelle offers up to eight different Riesling styles designed to showcase the versatility of Riesling and the regional styles within Washington’s Columbia Valley, which produces more Riesling than any other American wine region.