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Restaurant Wine, April 1, 2001

5 stars, “Exceptional Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

This is a terrific Chardonnay ...It is complex and well balanced, with moderate oakiness. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of banana, apple, toast, roasted nut, lemon peel, and vanilla.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

1 grape clusters, “Recommended & Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Aromas of plums, berries, and toast. Ripe and supple, with flavors of black fruits balancing moderate tannins. Long finish of bright fruit and light toast.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Chocolaty barrel toast and currant fruit in the nose. Intense and focused flavors of ripe plum balance toasty oak and soft, youthful tannins. Long, juicy, berry fruit finish.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Garnet color. Berry fruit, cassis, and graham in the nose. Lush and layered, with ripe black fruit flavors balancing soft tannins. Long finish of cassis and graham.

The Wine Advocate, February 1, 2001

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Poached pears, creamed spices, and minerals are found in the aromatics of the rich, medium to full-bodied 1998 Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc. This plump, well-made, oily-textured, and medium-bodied wine, while thicker and denser than previous vintages, appears to lack their brightness and vivacity. It has a creamy, white fruit-dominated flavor profile, and should be consume=d over the next 12-18 months.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

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

Austere aromas and flavors, featuring mineral, tea leaves, and peach fruit. Lightly bitter finish, with notes of citrus blossom.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended & Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Delicate aromas of melon fruit with grassy, herbal notes in the background. Light-bodied, clean, citrusy, well-balanced, refreshing.

The Wine Advocate, February 1, 2001

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle continues to impress with their single vineyard Chardonnays. The 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate offers ripe apple, toast, and mineral aromas. It is luscious, opulent, oily-textured, and medium to full-bodied. On the palate, pears, apples , and grilled hazelnuts can be discerned in this long and fruit-forward effort.

The Wine Advocate, February 1, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The white fruit, flower, and stone-scented 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay shares the same lush texture as the Canoe Ridge, yet is tighter and more focused. Its pear, mineral, and spice-laden personality is medium to full-bodied and persistent in the finish.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Barrel toast, mint, and black fruit aromas. Juicy black currant fruit flavors balance youthful astringency. Well balanced in an elegant style.

Wine Spectator, January 31, 2001

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Delivers rich complex fruit and structures that will develop over the next six to eight years.

Wine & Spirits, December 1, 2000

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

This wine's bright red fruit flavors are firm and fresh as Rainier cherries. The chalky tannins give it a sophisticated feel, finishing as a clean, simple and lovely wine. A fine value.

Wine Enthusiast, November 15, 2000

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Dessert Wine Late Harvest Semillon Columbia Valley

Harvested at a lip-smacking 42.5° brix, this seductive wine explodes on the palate with bright grapefruit and citrus flavors, highlighted with sharp acids and finishing with lingering notes of caramel and butter. Long and delicious.

Wine Enthusiast, November 15, 2000

86 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Barrel fermented, with toasty highlights. Despite the new oak, it retains its refreshing green-apple and citrus fruit...

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2000

88 points, “Top White Wines for $15 or Less”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Bright and refreshing, with lively lime and tangerine aromas and pretty green apple flavors.

Restaurant Wine, October 1, 2000

5 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Perhapos the best version of this wine we have tasted. It is full bodied and well balanced, with some richness, excellent flavor, and a long, lightly tannic finish. Great Value.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 2000

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Bright and juicy. A lithe mouthful of raspberry, currant and spice flavors that linger on the polished finish.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 2000

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Stylish and graceful, it's light and silky, with pretty blackberry and wild plum notes shining through the modest tannins.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 2000

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Dessert Wine Late Harvest Semillon Columbia Valley

Has the rich, sweet character of late-harvest Semillon, complete with orange cream, honey, fig and tobacco flavors that last on the finish. A bit cloying, but tasty and very long.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 2000

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Smooth and generous for the vintage, with a distinct gamey note weaving through the cherry and herb flavors on a supple, elegant frame. Refined tannins.

Wine Spectator, September 15, 2000

86 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Ripe and lively. Lightly sweet but jazzy enough in acidity to lift the apple, floral and mineral flavors nicely.

Wine News, September 1, 2000

85 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Fresh, spicy scents of evergreen and blueberry. Very tart and drying with tannic, red fruit flavors. Aggressive tannins impart an astringent note in the youthful finish.

California Grapevine, September 1, 2000

87 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Medium-light yellow; pleasant, slightly grassy, fig and ripe melon aroma with hints of vanilla; medium body; slightly rich, herbal, lemony flavors; with a touch of vanilla; slightly thin on the finish; slightly lingering aftertaste.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, September 1, 2000

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Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Here is a balanced, bright, fresh bottling whose pear and gala apple aromas make up in prettiness for a barely perceptible lack of boldness. Balance, energy and a good sense of polish mark the flavors as well, and the wine's keen varietal focus holds up nicely from front to back.

Indian Wells label on bottle