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Restaurant Wine, January 31, 2005

5 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The Cold Creek is firm and full bodied, a youthful, intensely flavored Chardonnay with ripe fruit character and a crisp, long finish.

Restaurant Wine, January 31, 2005

5 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Dessert Wine Ice Wine Riesling Columbia Valley

Medium yellow color; very fine and fragrant nose (honeysuckle, lime); fleshy on the palate, intensely flavored, and very long on the finish. Exceptional.

Restaurant Wine, January 31, 2005

4 stars, “Excellent Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

A full bodied, moderately complex wine, which tastes of roasted nut, apple, vanilla, and wood.

Restaurant Wine, January 31, 2005

4 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Supple and intensely fruity (nearly sweet to the taste); a full bodied wine which is long and persistent on the finish. It tastes of blueberry, pepper, lavender, toast, and plum.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, January 1, 2005

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

This very mannerly wine starts off with the expected notes of ripe apples and creamy oak hinting at crème brulée and toast. It is medium-full in body weight and open and supple at the front of the palate with a welcome bit of firming in the finish. Along the way it delivers classically crafted Chardonnay flavors within a pleasingly polished texture.

Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2004

88 points, “Top 100 Best Buy of 2004”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

The workhorse wine for the Chateau, 375,000 cases strong. Consistently shows a nice mix of flavors revolving around grapefruit, white peaches and apricots, with freshness and well-managed off-dry sweetness. Never sugary, never cloying, it has almost as much charter as the Eroica for half the price.^

Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2004

91 points, “Cellar Selection”

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

From one of Washington's best vineyards, this is a complex, Bordeaux-like wine that mixes fruit, mineral and barrel flavors with an even hand. Lightly spiced with fresh herbs, back-loaded with cocoa/espresso flavors, this is well-defined, with firm, ripe but not at all unctuous fruit.

Wine Spectator, December 15, 2004

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Firm in texture, around a polished core of blueberry, currant and sweet spice flavors, finishing lithe and generous, its flavors lingering enticingly. Has style and length. Drink now through 2012

Restaurant Wine, December 1, 2004

4 stars, “Excellent Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

The Canoe Ridge is fleshy and full bodied; a wine with medium richness (plum, cherry, blueberry), light oakiness and a long finish.

Restaurant Wine, December 1, 2004

4 stars, “Excellent Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

The Cold Creek is fuller and more tannic, but it is also slightly oakier. It is full bodied, concentrated, and lightly tannic; a firm Merlot with good flavor (tobacco, black currant, plum, oak) and lenght.

Wine Press Northwest, December 1, 2004

“Wine of the Week”

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 provides beautiful balance and tremendous length. Rated "Outstanding".

Restaurant Wine, December 1, 2004

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

A complex, full bodied, well balanced Cabernet, which is intensely flavored, complex, and long on the palate. It tastes of cherry, toast, fig, cedar, and tobacco.

Restaurant Wine, December 1, 2004

5 stars, “Exceptional”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Full bodied and finely flavored, this is a supple, well balanced, moderately intense Chardonnay, with a medium long finish. It tastes of apple, lemon peel, roasted nut, vanilla, and toast.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, November 30, 2004

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste Michelle Merlots have rarely been counted among the most forthright and fruity examples around. They have, however, been wines of real structure and substance, and this bottling fits squarely in the mold. A little brusque and rough on the palate, and restrained in its delivery of cherries, chocolate and oak, it admittedly could use more juice at its heart but will look far better with five years of cellar aging.

Wine Spectator, November 30, 2004

86 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Ripe, a bit hot, with stewed plum and other cooked fruit flavors, finishing sweet and spicy. This was the best of three bottles. Drink now through 2007.

Wine Press Northwest, October 1, 2004

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Loaded with aromas and flavors of blackberries and bing cherries, with toasty notes and underlying herbal hints. Well structured and balanced from start to finish.

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.

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