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California Grapevine, March 1, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Attractive, forward, intense, toasty, complex, ripe apple and pear aroma with notes of butterscotch, vanilla, and hazelnut; full body; forward, rich, clean, plush, textured, toasty, citrus and green apple flavors; well balanced. Very highly recommended.

California Grapevine, March 1, 2002

89 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Attractive, herbal, spicy, cedary, ripe black cherry fruit aroma with notes of vanilla; medium-full to full body; rich, chewy, textured, herbal, cedary, green olive and black cherry flavors with overtones of creamy oak; medium-full tannin.

California Grapevine, March 1, 2002

85 points, “Highly Recommended”

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

Attractive...spicy, black cherry fruit aroma with notes of vanilla and green olive; medium-full to full body; rich, fleshy, toasty, green olive and black cherry fruit flavors; medium-full to full tannin....

Wine Press Northwest, February 1, 2002

“Double Gold”

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

A double gold to go with two platinums proves the mettle of this great vineyard. Rich aromas lead to massively complex flavors backed up with big tannins. Won gold at the Northwest Enological Society.

Restaurant Wine, February 1, 2002

4 stars, “Excellent”

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

A Sauvignon with complexity and depth; it is full bodied, lightly oaky, and grapey in flavor. Medium long finish.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 2002

90 points

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

Another beautiful rendering of succulent Sauvignon Blanc from this premier vineyard, offering fresh, ripe fruit, scents of grapefruit, citrus peel, melon and lemon wax. There's a nice spicy lift to the palate ...

Wine Press Northwest, February 1, 2002

“Double Gold”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Four decades ago, Ste. Michelle helped put Washington on the map with this variety, and it continues to show why Riesling does so well in Washington. Won gold at the Central Washington State Fair.

Wine Press Northwest, February 1, 2002

“Gold”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Delightful aromas and flavors highlight this food-friendly wine with light oak treatment. Won Best of Class at the Central Washington State Fair.

Wine Press Northwest, February 1, 2002

“Outstanding”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

One of the Northwest's most consistent Sauvignon Blanc producers hits another home run with this one, which is loaded with peach and stone fruit aromas and apple, vanilla and mineral flavors. The lingering finish completes this pleasing, shellfish-friendly wine.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2002

2 grape clusters, “Vintage Values”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Wine Press Northwest, February 1, 2002

“Outstanding”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Another exquisite wine from Washington's oldest winery, this offers spicy oak aromas with rich vanilla extract. It's smooth and fruity throughout with huge cherry and currant flavors and hints of licorice and chocolate.

Wine Press Northwest, February 1, 2002

“Double Gold”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Ste. Michelle's mainstream Chardonnay offers approachable complexity, showing off light oak, refreshing fruit and a long, mature finish. Won gold at the Florida State Fair.

Wine Press Northwest, February 1, 2002

“Double Gold”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Rich in vanilla, cherry and chocolate nuances. It's a lush, plush, fruit-driven wine with solid tannins and great cellar potential. Won gold at the Tri-Cities Wine Festival.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2002

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Citrus, ripe apple, and toasty aromas. Ripe and round, with bright flavors of citrus and apple. Well balanced, with a long, rich finish of apple and pear. Match with chicken and leek fettuccini.

Wine Spectator, December 31, 2001

93 points, “Top 100”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Long a source of good values, Chateau Ste. Michelle consistently turns out high quality as well. Despite Cold Creek being one of the state's warmest sites, winemaker Erik Olsen crafts a juicy, tangy Chardonnay. This is its fourth time on our honor roll. 5,000 cases made.

Northwest Palate, December 1, 2001

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Complex, deep aroma of black fruits, faint mint, and barrel toast. Spiced plum and berry flavors frame youthful tannins; beautiful balance, long finish. Cellar 2-3 years, or serve now with prime rib. Good value.

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.

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