Loamy sand and gravel "caliche" vein; low fertility.
Warm to very warm vineyard site with no cooling effect from the Columbia River. Low vine vigor with small berries and thick skins. Moderate bud break and a relatively early harvest.
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling
Planted in 1972, Cold Creek Vineyard stands as one of the oldest and most acclaimed vineyards in Washington State.
Our sun-drenched, 40+ year-old vines at Cold Creek estate vineyard are grown in weak loamy sand and gravel soils with low water holding capacity. This “silty loam” produces moderate crops and concentrated grapes, resulting in intense flavors in all varietals and deep color in the red fruit. Along with its unique terroir, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s commitment to research and innovation at the vineyard has earned Cold Creek wines critical acclaim, with more than sixty scores of 90 and above.
Unlike most vines growing in the world today, all vines in Washington are planted on their own rootstocks, since phylloxera, a root-eating aphid, is not an issue here. The combination of the Columbia Valley's desert dryness in the summer and deep winter chill makes us more resistant to pests and molds. Having vines on their own roots helps us maintain the health and longevity of our vineyards and preserves the grape variety in its natural state with no influence from the grafted roots.
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