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Wine Press Northwest, October 1, 2004

“Outstanding!”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

Washington's oldest winery is not against learning new tricks, as it proves with this classy Pinot Gris. It opens with aromas of minerals, green apples and herbs, followed by flavors of oranges and grapefruits. Steely acidity make this a perfect match for salmon, shellfish or chicken.

Wine Spectator, September 15, 2004

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Firm, almost aristocratic in stature, with bay leaf-scented black cherry, sage and cedar aromas and flavors persisting on a crisp frame. Feels tightly wound, ready to unfurl with cellaring.

Wine Spectator, September 15, 2004

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Supple, refined and detailed, a gem that shows a slightly different hue with each turn of the light, offering black cherry, currant, white pepper and sage character as the flavors persist on the long finish.

Wine Press Northwest, September 7, 2004

“Wine of the Week”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Columbia Valley Dry Riesling Columbia Valley

Washington's oldest winery continues to make some of its greatest wines. This dry Riesling opens with aromas of minerals, flowers, limes and orange oil, followed by ripe apple flavors. A rich mouth feel holds from start to finish, and crisp acidity lends itself to food pairing. Rated "Outstanding" by Wine Press Northwest.

Wine News, September 1, 2004

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Medium crimson hue. Nicely integrated aromas of black plum, earth, smoke and cedar. Youthful, citrusy flavors of plum, charred oak, lots of earth and a lightening touch of vanilla. Lengthy close shows date and moch!.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 2004

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Columbia Valley Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley

Very much a food wine, it minimizes the floral oiliness of the grape in flavor of citrus rind and spice. Crisp and fresh with a touch of sweetness, it makes a perfect partner for crab cakes, Asian noodle dishes, or summer salads.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 2004

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

There is a lovely textural quality to the Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling, which supports the flavors of grapefruit and white peaches with a minerality through the back half. Offers good grip and a racy, tangy finish, despite its off-dry rating.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 2004

88 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

A perfect marriage of fresh-cut pears, cinnamon, orange, and a finishing kiss of honeysuckle. Lingers deliciously on the finish.

Wine News, September 1, 2004

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Garnet hue. Rich aromas of black plum, bramble, charred oak, tobacco and smoke. Minerally flavors of earth, coffee and a hint of vanilla with the fruit under wraps for now. More minerals in the lengthy close.

Restaurant Wine, September 1, 2004

4 stars, “Excellent Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

...a medium bodied, off dry, distinct Riesling with honeysuckle, apple, and grapefruit aromas/flavors, and a long, crisp finish."

Wine News, September 1, 2004

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley

Deep garnet hue. Jammy, sweet flavors of blackberry, nougat, earth and a cedar note. Zesty flavors of blackberry, cedar, earth and a refreshing citrus note. Fruit and smoke in the close.

Wine News, September 1, 2004

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Deep gold hue. Ripe aromas of banana, honey and sliced apple. Creamy style with supple butterscotch, vanilla and peach flavors. Lengthy finish of tropical fruit coupled with a defined toasted oak nuance.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 2004

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Columbia Valley Dry Riesling Columbia Valley

Dry but not bone dry, this agreeable wine shows the warmth of the `03 vintage, with its semi-tropical fruit flavors, full-on finish and sharp, alcoholic edge. Nicknamed "Baby Eroica" because it is an assemblage of lots that didn’t quite make the final cut for that wine.

The Wine Advocate, August 31, 2004

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Indian Wells Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Sporting a great nose of hazelnuts, almond, white flowers, and pears, the 2002 Indian Wells Chardonnay is medium to full-bodied, lush, and extremely well-balanced. This plush effort is packed with buttered whites fruits and honeyed minerals that linger in its long seamless finish.

The Wine Advocate, August 31, 2004

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

…displays a nose of licorice, violets, and red cherries…it is a powerful, highly extracted wine. Expansive, it coats the palate with loads of dark fruits, road tar, and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, intense, and harmonious, its muscular fruit lingers in its lengthily, tannin packed finish."

Northwest Palate, August 1, 2004

1 grape clusters, “Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Deep aromas of black fruits, light herb, and graham. Youthfully tannic, with bold flavors of black currant and berry. Well balanced; drink now with grilled steak..

Northwest Palate, August 1, 2004

1 grape clusters, “Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Columbia Valley Dry Riesling Columbia Valley

Subtle aromas of fennel and faint apricot. Lively on the palate with flavors of peach and light mineral. Light-bodied and refreshing; pair with prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe slices.

Wine Spectator, July 31, 2004

89 points, “Smart Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Smooth, generous style emphasizes distinctly minty, herbal overtones to the cherry and spice flavors. It all lingers nicely.

Wine Spectator, July 31, 2004

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Firm, with roasted red pepper notes running through the currant and licorice flavors, finishing with fine-grained tannins that still need to settle. It will be worth the wait.

Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 2004

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

A crafted, restrained, elegant Merlot...Here the fruit flavors run to berries and plums, somewhat straightjacket in layers of firm mineral and green, earthy tannin.

Restaurant Wine, July 1, 2004

4 stars, “Excellent Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

Fruity, full bodied, and well balanced; a wine tasting of pear, ripe grape, roast, and lemon peel. Long, dry finish.

Restaurant Wine, July 1, 2004

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The Cold Creek wine is a supple, well balanced Cabernet, with medium richness and a long finish. It tastes of boysenberry, cherry, toast and new oak. (Issue# 101)

Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 2004

86 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

...simple flavors of stone fruits and hints of hazelnut and almond. Good grip and moderate alcohol (13%) makes it a nice match for chicken, halibut, clams and pastas in white sauce.

Restaurant Wine, July 1, 2004

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The Reserve is massive; a rich, full bodied, concentrated wine, with a long finish. It is moderately oaky, but intensely fruity, tasting of black currant, boysenberry, cedar, toast and spicy oak.

Indian Wells label on bottle