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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, August 1, 2000

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

Subtlety more than potency is the essence of this clean but always understated and narrowly defined wine, and it carries just enough grassiness and green melon fruit to make its varietal claim.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, August 1, 2000

1 puffs

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Solidly varietal, still a little closed-in yet youthfully fruity as it opens with airing, this wine is a little on the firm side relative to its California cousins. It has a bit of fleshy at entry, and its moderate tannins will abate with age leaving a fairly refined, medium-intensity bottling in their wake.

Restaurant Wine, August 1, 2000

5 stars, “Excellent”

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

A fine late harvest Semillon. It is supple, refined in flavor(melon,peach, honey), medium-sweet, and full bodied. Long finish.

Wine Press Northwest, July 15, 2000

“Outstanding”

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

Cedar and toasty with black pepper. A rich complex wine with a nice farewell.

Wine Press Northwest, July 15, 2000

“Outstanding”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Coffee and moch! with a spicy aroma, followed by luscious berries.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, July 1, 2000

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

Its underlying fruit and somewhat velvety palatal feel provide some positive appeal, but the wine is burdened with a strong streak of ashy oak spice and insistent suggestions of burnt toast that muddle its aromas, flavor and finish. Its mix of pluses and minuses will annoy as many as it pleases.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2000

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Bright and juicy, a snappy mouthful of lime-tinged pear and apple with a nice halo of spicy oak hovering in the background on the finish.^Also reviewed 9/30/2000 WA Special Report

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2000

“Best Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Pedigree ^Erik Olsen makes the white wines for Washington state winery Chateau Ste Michelle, including several inexpensive bottlings which reflect the same careful handling and prime Columbia Valley vineyards that bring acclaim to his entire collection. Chateau Ste Michelle takes special interest in riesling, being one of the first to have popularized the variety in this country. In 1999, a joint collaboration between CSM and Dr. Loosen from Germany's Mosel created two new higher-priced bottlings from their Cold Creek and Horse Heaven vineyards. The 1999 Johannisberg Riesling benefits from a sizeable portion of this same fruit.^Bottom Line^Washington's biggest winery justifies its reputation with a set of wonderfully textured, full-flavored whites.

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2000

88 points, “Best Values / 100 Best Values of 2000”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Lovely peach and butterscotch flavors lead into a well-integrated, citrus-crisp finish. Smooth and balanced.^A light and clean sauvignon blanc in a steely, citrus style, this starts off with lees and butter flavors and ends with crisp, lemon-lime acidity.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 1, 2000

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Light, crisp and citrusy in tone, the aromas of this clean, presentable wine are paralleled in its bright, somewhat simple but likeable flavors. Try it with lighter fish dishes like sole grilled with butter and almonds.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, May 31, 2000

1 puffs, “An Admirable Wine”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Engaging aromas of melon, pear and kiwi are paralleled in the wine's easy-to-taste flavors. It stays far away from the grassy side of the Sauvignon Blanc makeup, and instead, concerns itself from front to back with pert, lively fruit.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, May 31, 2000

1 puffs, “An Admirable Wine”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Frankly, this is a lovely wine whose flirtation with two stars is held back only by a slight shortfall in intensity. Yet, it has perfectly defined Merlot ripe-cherry fruit and a smoky, bacony streak that brings it added range and richness.

Wine Spectator, May 15, 2000

85 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Juicy and refreshing for its floral, pear and apple flavors, with a touch of herb on the finish.^Also reviewed 9/30/2000 WA Special Report

Wine & Spirits, April 15, 2000

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

At first, the cool, clear, ripe fruit seems merely a vehicle for the oak in this wine. But as is takes on air in the glass, the fruit flavors deepen and the supple texture becomes saturated with fresh lemon curd and bolder fruit. Give this another year in the bottle and that fruit should lengthen out. Even then, it will be a big wine for flavorful food.

Wine Spectator, March 31, 2000

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Supple and appealing for its graceful style and cedar- and spice-scented berry and black cherry flavors. Finishes on the light side, but it's persistent. Drink now through 2002.^Also reviewed 9/30/2000 WA Special Report

Wine Spectator, March 31, 2000

92 points, “Spectator Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

This Washington offering is supple in texture, generous and beautifully proportioned to emphasize its honey- and spice-scented pear and sweet orange flavors that echo persistently on the long, long finish. Yummy. Drink now through 2004.^Also ran in 9/30/00 Washington Special Report - Harvey Steiman's Top-Scoring Wines from Washington.

California Grapevine, February 29, 2000

“Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Medium ruby; pleasant; herbal, floral, cedary, ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit aroma; medium-full body; rich, plummy, toasty, ripe red cherry fruit flavors; medium full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Easy to drink now. Highly Recommended.

Wine Spectator, February 29, 2000

92 points, “Spectator Selection - Wine of the Week / Top 100 of 2000”

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

From one of Washington state's most consistent wineries comes this outstanding Cabernet. Rich, ripe and focused, layering its currant, plum and vanilla flavors with hints of pepper and bay leaf that sneak in on the long, supple finish. Fine grained tannins. Best from 2001 through 2008.^Also ran 9/30/00 WA Special Report - Harvey Steiman's Top-Scoring wines from Washington.

California Grapevine, February 29, 2000

“Highly recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Medium-light yellow; pleasant, forward, floral, herbal, spicy, slightly grassy aroma with a hint of vanilla; medium to medium-full body; tight, somewhat lean, herbal, lemony flavors with a crisp, slightly tart finish; well-balanced; slightly lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended.

Northwest Palate, February 17, 2000

1 grape clusters, “Recommended & Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Aromas of talc, faint fig, and melon. Clean and crisp flavors of apple, melon and fig. Serve with fresh fig halves topped with softened goat cheese. Good value.

Wine Enthusiast, February 15, 2000

86 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

A pretty, likeable off-dry wine, with floral, apple and peach aromas, and with a petrol note. Clean, fruity flavors, vibrant and alive, with cleansing acidity. Citrus and spiced-peach flavors make this a good match with Asian fare.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 2000

91 points

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

Elegant, yet loaded with ripe fruit--rich and deep in the center, with a velvety texture on the finish, which is long and complex, with a deep black-cherry note at the end.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 2000

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Supple pear and green-apple fruit is closely followed by a pinch of allspice and cinnamon...rich, textured mouthfeel.

Northwest Palate, January 31, 2000

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Berry fruit aroma with light cedar wood spice. Juicy black fruits balance toasty oak and moderate tannins. Long, well-balanced finish of fruit and sweet oak; try with prime rib.

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