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Wine Spectator, November 30, 2001

90 points, “Spectator Selection”

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

Lithe and silky, a beauty that emphasizes juicy citrus and pear flavors under a veil of pretty nutmeg and toasty oak. The fresh flavors linger effortlessly on the open-textured finish. Drink now through 2004.

Wine Spectator, November 30, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Both tangy and round, with juicy citrus and pear flavors on a polished frame, echoing spicy oak and orange peel notes on the finish.

California Grapevine, November 1, 2001

90 points, “Very Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, cedary, very toasty, red currant and blackberry aroma with overtones of vanilla and hints of moch! and mint; medium-full to full body; big, intense, rich, ripe black currant flavors with firm acidity and hints of chocolate...medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste.

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2001

90 points, “Spectator Selection”

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

Ripe and focused Cabernet, generous with its supple currant and delicate herb flavors, which echo nicely on the open-textured finish. The tannins are soft and hardly evident.

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2001

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Ripe and appealing, with an aristocratic feel. A pretty wine, generous with its currant, blackberry and spicy-vanilla flavors on a supple frame.

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

The firm, chewy style packs a lot into a fine frame, with a solid core of currant and sweet red pepper flavors that become wispy on the finish.

Wine & Spirits, October 1, 2001

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Blocky, dense...this wine emphasizes the flavor of the grapes, even as they're super-complex grapes. Then it turns leaner as it works...There's a mustard seed edge to the tannin that cuts through the richness of the plummy fruit.

Restaurant Wine, October 1, 2001

4 stars, “Excellent”

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

Fine quality: a complex, full bodied wine, tasting of ripe berries, caramel, toasted oak, and black currant.

Wine Enthusiast, October 1, 2001

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

It's 100% Cabernet from the Canoe Ridge Vineyard, and it shows brilliant black cherry fruit, crisp acids and a healthy undercoat of dark tannins. Young, tough and bursting with flavor, it clearly has a long life ahead, but you can drink it now with anything grilled and meaty.

The Wine Advocate, October 1, 2001

89 points

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

The medium to dark ruby-colored 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard offers aromas of blackberry juice and smoky bacon. Plump, expansive, and medium-bodied, with abundant quantities of dark fruits as well as an elegant yet powerful core, it will drink well between 2004-2010.

The Wine Advocate, October 1, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The medium to full-bodied, cassis liqueur-scented, excellent 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard boasts loads of sweet black currant and blackberry fruit in its focused, deep, lively personality. This structured 1998 also possesses a long, fruit-filled finish. Enjoy it between 2003 and 2010.

The Wine Advocate, October 1, 2001

87 points

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

A perennial best buy, the 1999 Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyard reveals a fresh air and spice-scented nose. On the palate, loads of white fruits can be discerned in its rich, broad, expansive, oily-textured personality. This is a delicious, flavorful, medium-bodied white to enjoy over the next 1-2 years.

The Wine Advocate, October 1, 2001

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Produced from a vineyard planted in 1984, the 1999 Chardonnay Indian Wells Vineyard bursts from the glass with super-ripe apple and pear aromas as well as flavors. A broad, anise-spiced Chardonnay, it offers a soft texture in addition to an appealingly long finish. This well-made and balanced 1999 should be consumed over the next five years.

The Wine Advocate, October 1, 2001

“Excellent Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle's 2000 Johannisberg Riesling is an excellent value. It exhibits a honeyed orange blossom, herbal tea, apple, and berry-scented perfume. Apricots and candied apples mingle with spices in this appealing, sweet Riesling. Medium-bodied, rich, spicy, well-focused, and tangy, this easy-going yet immensely flavorful white will drink well for 4-5 years.

Wine Enthusiast, October 1, 2001

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

This smooth, seductive wine recalls the superb '94 from this vineyard. There's plenty of fruit, but it's already well-blended into the toasty oak, with some cinnamon-spice and herbal highlights for added interest. There are some dark, toasty undercurrents that add depth, and a lingering, vanilla-custard sweetness on the finish.

The Wine Advocate, October 1, 2001

“Excellent Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle continues to amaze me with its dedication to quality and its reasonable prices. An excellent value, the barrel-fermented 1999 Sauvignon Blanc was produced from 4-5 year old vines and contains 25% Semillon. A Riesling-like, sweet herbal tea bouquet leads to a light to medium-bodied, stone, apple, and melon-flavored character. Soft, with good focus, it will provide delicious quaffing over the next 12 months.

The Wine Advocate, October 1, 2001

91 points

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

The outstanding 1999 Chardonnay Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard displays complex aromatics of candied nuts, white fruits, and distinctive smoky scents. It expands on the palate to reveal mouth-coating spiced pears, candied apples, and a myriad of spices. Rich, gorgeously fashioned, and impressively long in the finish...

Wine Enthusiast, October 1, 2001

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Cold Creek is one of the best vineyards in Washington, and does especially well with Chardonnay. This is a laid-back style, a bit coquettish even, which requires a little probing on the part of the consumer. But it rewards your efforts with layers of subtle flavors, beautifully balanced and aromatic. New French oak and sur lie aging help to define the contours and add creaminess, but it is the Cold Creek fruit that really shines.

The Wine Advocate, October 1, 2001

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The intensely aromatic, medium to dark ruby-colored 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve reveals scents of blackberry and black cherry jam. Medium to full-bodied and silky-textured, with loads of depth to its dark fruit and fresh herb-flavored character, and an impressively long, supple finish, this well-made effort will drink well for years.

The Wine Advocate, October 1, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Displaying a more demure, lightly fruity bouquet, the medium-bodied, well-focused 1999 Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard offers minerals, pears, and stone-like flavors in its broad, ample personality. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.

Wine & Spirits, October 1, 2001

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Here's why a lot of Washington winemakers got excited about the '98 vintage. When Ste. Michelle's basic cabernet can be this explosively ripe, this tightly structured, this firmly balanced in its freshness, you know a lot of growers must have hit it right. The wine tastes like juice drawn out of a ripe plum skin, out of cherry skin as well; the tannins add a dark soil character, but the final taste remains with the juice.

The Wine Advocate, October 1, 2001

87 points, “Excellent Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

One of Washington State's rare excellent values in red wines, the medium to dark ruby-colored 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon offers a delicate blackberry-scented bouquet. This juicy, medium-bodied Cabernet reveals appealing depth to its dark fruit and fresh herb-flavored character. A structured, well-balanced, firm effort, it will be its finest between 2002-2006.

Wine Enthusiast, October 1, 2001

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Scented with an intriguing mix of herbs and chocolaty spices, this wine is a deep, dark version of Washington Merlot from Chateau Ste. Michelle's best vineyards. The fruit is solid cherry; there's lots of toasty oak, and the big tannins are smoothed out so that they find the proper balance. Plenty of acid keeps the wine lively.

Northwest Palate, October 1, 2001

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Eucalyptus, graham, and black fruits in the nose. Intensely plummy, with moderate tannins and toasty oak finish. Rich, ripe, and spicy...

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