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Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 2001

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

I confess, I love this vineyard. It's not the jammiest, most opulent in the state, but it consistently delivers vivid, perfectly balanced wines, with amazing aging potential. The latest Cabernet has a wonderful bouquet, blending plush fruits, spice, chocolate, coffee, mineral, tea and cedarbox. It's complex and delicious, as well as structured to age, without excess oak or overripe fruit.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, December 1, 2001

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

If a little shy on fruity volume in the nose, this very likeable offering smells of cherries, caramel and a touch of milk chocolate and shows attractive elements of cherryish fruit again framed with sweet oak spice. It ends with a noticeable bit of coarseness but is never so tough or tannic to command long aging. Hold on to it for three to five years, and then team it with dishes like rack of lamb.

Wine & Spirits, December 1, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The '98 vintage offered intense ripeness, and the Ste. Michelle team went for it, creating this wine in shades of black. The fruit echoes the black tannins, tar, pepper, five-spice powder, and even with all that ripeness, there's still an underlying hardness to allow further development. Drink it now with soy marinated beef, or cellar it a few years to let it soften.

Northwest Palate, December 1, 2001

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Floral aromas of honey and citrus blossom. Crisp and melony, with citrusy notes in the finish. Well balanced, with a long, fruity finish.

Wine & Spirits, December 1, 2001

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Scents of pencil lead point up the clean berry fruit at the core of this wine, which turns somber and black, then to sweetness in a candied finish.

Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 2001

91 points, “Cellar Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

This is as close to Bordeaux as you'll find in Washington, which is to say, darn close indeed. Cassis and earth, leaf and barrel mingle in the seductive nose. The wine, rich and ripe and deep, slowly opens to reveal layer upon layer of fruit, amplified with darker, mineral accents. Defining acids and a subtle hint of oak complete the experience.

Restaurant Wine, December 1, 2001

4 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

A fine Merlot, in a complex, lightly tannic style. It is firm & long on the palate, with strong new oak character (tobacco, cedar, roasted nut) & rich black currant fruitiness.

Restaurant Wine, December 1, 2001

4 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

A fine Merlot, in a complex, lightly tannic style. It is firm & long on the palate, with strong new oak character (tobacco, cedar, roasted nut) & rich black currant fruitiness.

Northwest Palate, December 1, 2001

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Plum, blueberry, and chocolate aromas and flavors. Big, juicy, and full-bodied with a long, plummy finish. Lush and well balanced with a boysenberry aftertaste...

Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 2001

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Cold Creek is one of Stimson Lane's premier properties, and this vineyard selection, from a wonderful Washington vintage, shows it at its best. Sweet, plump fruit, vivid and forward, is married to medium acids and soft tannins, with a smooth, chocolatey finish.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, December 1, 2001

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Marrying the distinct black cherry aspects of first-rate Merlot with the sturdiness and slightly tougher build of good Cabernet, this deeply filled youngster is long on richness and essential extract. Its very obvious potency and well-placed tannins commend it to the cellar for a fairly lengthy stay, but it has all the fruit it needs to grow, and there seems little danger that it might somehow dry out before its best time arrives some five or six years hence.

Wine Spectator, November 30, 2001

85 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Soft in texture, with generous apple and floral flavors that linger nicely on the lightly sweet finish. A Washington Riesling that's easy on the wallet. Drink now.

Wine Spectator, November 30, 2001

90 points, “Spectator Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Lithe and silky, a beauty that emphasizes juicy citrus and pear flavors under a veil of pretty nutmeg and toasty oak. The fresh flavors linger effortlessly on the open-textured finish. Drink now through 2004.

Wine Spectator, November 30, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Both tangy and round, with juicy citrus and pear flavors on a polished frame, echoing spicy oak and orange peel notes on the finish.

California Grapevine, November 1, 2001

90 points, “Very Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, cedary, very toasty, red currant and blackberry aroma with overtones of vanilla and hints of moch! and mint; medium-full to full body; big, intense, rich, ripe black currant flavors with firm acidity and hints of chocolate...medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste.

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2001

90 points, “Spectator Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Ripe and focused Cabernet, generous with its supple currant and delicate herb flavors, which echo nicely on the open-textured finish. The tannins are soft and hardly evident.

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2001

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Ripe and appealing, with an aristocratic feel. A pretty wine, generous with its currant, blackberry and spicy-vanilla flavors on a supple frame.

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

The firm, chewy style packs a lot into a fine frame, with a solid core of currant and sweet red pepper flavors that become wispy on the finish.

Wine & Spirits, October 1, 2001

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Blocky, dense...this wine emphasizes the flavor of the grapes, even as they're super-complex grapes. Then it turns leaner as it works...There's a mustard seed edge to the tannin that cuts through the richness of the plummy fruit.

Restaurant Wine, October 1, 2001

4 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Fine quality: a complex, full bodied wine, tasting of ripe berries, caramel, toasted oak, and black currant.

Wine Enthusiast, October 1, 2001

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

It's 100% Cabernet from the Canoe Ridge Vineyard, and it shows brilliant black cherry fruit, crisp acids and a healthy undercoat of dark tannins. Young, tough and bursting with flavor, it clearly has a long life ahead, but you can drink it now with anything grilled and meaty.

The Wine Advocate, October 1, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The medium to dark ruby-colored 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard offers aromas of blackberry juice and smoky bacon. Plump, expansive, and medium-bodied, with abundant quantities of dark fruits as well as an elegant yet powerful core, it will drink well between 2004-2010.

The Wine Advocate, October 1, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The medium to full-bodied, cassis liqueur-scented, excellent 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard boasts loads of sweet black currant and blackberry fruit in its focused, deep, lively personality. This structured 1998 also possesses a long, fruit-filled finish. Enjoy it between 2003 and 2010.

The Wine Advocate, October 1, 2001

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

A perennial best buy, the 1999 Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyard reveals a fresh air and spice-scented nose. On the palate, loads of white fruits can be discerned in its rich, broad, expansive, oily-textured personality. This is a delicious, flavorful, medium-bodied white to enjoy over the next 1-2 years.

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