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Northwest Palate, June 1, 2005

2 grape clusters

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2004 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Fragrant, floral aroma with notes of citrus. Focused, ripe and complex, with flavors of peach, pear, and citrus. Bright and juicy, with clean, spicy notes in the finish. Try with trout amandine.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2005

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Fine Merlot, in a medium rich, lightly oaky style. It is supple in texture, balanced, and long on the finish, tasting of blueberry, black currant, toast, cedar, and tobacco.

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2005

“Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2004 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

Jasmine and flower scents and grapefruit flavors give a lift to this pinot gris; its bitter almond finish would pair well with a thin-crust pizza topped with argula and chèvre.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2005

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Very supple in texture and complex in flavor, this is a full bodied, well balanced wine, with a medium long finish. It tastes of baked cherry, toast, spicy oak, and herbs.

Northwest Palate, June 1, 2005

1 grape clusters

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2004 Columbia Valley Dry Riesling Columbia Valley

Apricot, peach, and talc in the nose. Tart, juicy flavors of apple and peach, with a bright crsip lemony finish. Refreshing and lively; pair with steamer clams.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, May 1, 2005

“Best Buys in the Market”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley

Wine Enthusiast, April 1, 2005

93 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

A brilliant success, with concentrated, multi-layered flavors that let the crisp, structured fruit stand out against the tastefully used new French oak. This is as good as Washington Chardonnay gets, and clearly deserves its Reserve status.

Wine Spectator, March 31, 2005

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Smooth, silky and seductive, with elegant pear, buttery olive and sweet spice flavors that ride gently through the long, refined finish.

Wine News, March 1, 2005

87 points

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

Deep garnet hue. A pronounced earthiness marks aromas of cranberry, tobacco and bittersweet chocolate. Flavors of red fruit, unsweetened chocolate and coffee. Close shows tart fruit.

Wine & Spirits, February 1, 2005

88 points

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

From a ridgeline vineyard overlooking the Columbia, this wine has one pure note of red cherry flavor, dominated on either side by smoky tannin. Pour with smoked turkey.

Wine & Spirits, February 1, 2005

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Ste. Michelle planted Cold Creek vineyard in 1973, making it among the oldest in the state, and this wine’s tannic grip speaks to the age of those vines. There’s fruit as well, a piney, pure red cherry flavor rounded out by elements of cedar and cinnamon. Its long, dry finish makes this a steak wine in its purest form.

Restaurant Wine, February 1, 2005

4 stars, “Best Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2004 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

The Cold Creek is a medium full boded Riesling, which is ripely flavored, and fairly rich, tasting of tropical fruit and honeysuckle; long finish.

Restaurant Wine, February 1, 2005

4 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The Canoe Ridge Cabernet is the best yet. It is full bodied and stylish; a wine with medium richness, fine flavors (cassis, light oak, cherry, tobacco), and a long finish.

Restaurant Wine, February 1, 2005

4 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The Cold Creek is a powerful Cabernet, which is full bodied and fairly rich, with a long, firm finish. It tastes of cherry, tobacco, spicy oak, and plum.

Restaurant Wine, February 1, 2005

4 stars, “Great Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2004 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

The Columbia Valley is a round, medium bodied, off dry Riesling, that is delicate and floral in character, tasting of honeysuckle and apple, with citrus overtones.

Restaurant Wine, February 1, 2005

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley

Indian Wells is a supple, full bodied, moderately rich wine, which is well balanced and long on the finish, tasting of blueberry, cedar, toast, and black currant.

Restaurant Wine, February 1, 2005

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The Reserve is richer still: Fleshy in texture, full bodied, and intensely flavors (cassis, cherry, tobacco, oak); a Cabernet with power and length.

Restaurant Wine, February 1, 2005

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

The Reserve is more powerful: Full bodied, intensely flavored, and mildly oaky in style, with good fruit (cherry, plum), some complexity (toast, tobacco, oak), and a long finish.

Restaurant Wine, January 31, 2005

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Supple and full bodied, this is a fruity style of Sauvignon, with a hint of oak character. Well balanced. Long aftertaste.

Restaurant Wine, January 31, 2005

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

A complex, medium rich blend, which is well balanced and long on the palate, tasting of plum, spicy oak, tobacco, and cherry.

Restaurant Wine, January 31, 2005

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2003 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The `03 Canoe Ridge is excellent: Round and full bodied, yet crisp and long on the palate, with subtle richness, and moderate complexity. Long aftertaste.

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.

Indian Wells label on bottle