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Wine Spectator, August 31, 2001

90 points

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

Supple and elegant, a lush mouthful of spicy berry, nutmeg and sweet leather notes, adding a few extra layers of currant and plum as the finish lingers. Nicely built to age, but it's delicious already.

Wine Spectator, August 31, 2001

90 points

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

Open-textured and graceful, with creamy pear, vanilla and nutmeg flavors that glide gently over the palate; a seductive Chardonnay that sneaks up on you.

Wine Spectator, August 31, 2001

93 points, “Spectator Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Vibrant and juicy Chardonnay, beautifully focused to show off its creamy pear, tangy citrus and generous pineapple aromas and flavors, which linger effortlessly on the impeccably balanced finish.

Wine Spectator, August 31, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Rich and generous, a lush mouthful of currant and berry fruit shaded nicely with hints of sage and pepper. Everything lingers enticingly, marking this a good cellar-candidate.

Wine Spectator, August 31, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Open-textured, supple, generous style emphasizes red cherry, ripe strawberry and spice flavors, finishing bright and lively with a hint of peppermint.

Wine & Spirits, August 1, 2001

91 points, “Top 10 Sauvignon Blancs”

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

The nut-meat scents of oak make the first impression, then fruit comes up to meet and marry the oak in complex ways--apricot essence, bitter orange marmalade, nectarine skin all come into play, the flavors wrapped in a gripping acidity. It's a white with intriguing structure, graceful with a buttery oyster stew, a dish that would bring out its fresh scents of meadow herbs, while matching the richness of its fruit flavor.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, July 1, 2001

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Crisp, clean and redolent of fresh green-apple fruitiness throughout, this lively youngster hints at flowers and a touch of vanilla along its way. Medium-bodied and a touch rounded in feel, it is firmed by proper acidity and ends with a refreshing, palate-cleansing finish that suggests its best use is as a foil to grilled sea bass or snapper.

California Grapevine, July 1, 2001

86 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, intense, cedary, red currant and creamy oak aroma with hints of coffee and tobacco; medium-full to full body; rich, textured, cedary, toasty, black cherry and berry fruit flavors; medium-full to full tannin; ...lingering aftertaste.

California Grapevine, July 1, 2001

88 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Medium ruby; attractive, herbal, cedary, toasty, black cherry fruit aroma with overtones of creamy oak; medium-full to full body; forward, rich, textured, chalky, toasty, ripe red currant flavors; medium-full to full tannin...lingering aftertaste.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2001

92 points, “Best Buy”

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

The Horse Heaven Vineyard has been producing exceptional Sauvignon Blancs for the past decade. ... Ripe, lush fruit gets some added creaminess from barrel fermentation and aging sur lie. There are scents of lime, citrus peel, wet stone and spice, leading to a wonderfully full, focused panoply of flavors in the mouth. The finish goes on forever.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2001

4 stars

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

...more intense and a bit fuller bodied, with new oak, apple, citrus fruit, and floral aromas/flavors.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2001

4 stars

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

...excellent: supple and very ripe in style, with layers of spicy, toasty new oak. It is full bodied, plummy and lightly floral in aroma/flavor, and long on the finish.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2001

4 stars

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

...a very good wine: full bodied, supple & elegant in flavor (apple, hazelnut, toast, and pineapple), with a long finish.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2001

5 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The Cold Creek bottling has it all. It is rich and complex in style, with excellent balance and length. Very supple in texture, medium intense in flavor, and persistent on the finish. Tastes of apple, lemon peel, roasted nut, vanilla, & toasted oak.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2001

87 points

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

This is a well-made, balanced effort with green apple fruit enhanced with hints of honey and allspice.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2001

5 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

The Reserve is more powerful still--a smoothly textured, richly flavored Merlot, combining intensity with complexity, without sacrificing balance. Very long and persistent on the finish.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2001

90 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Intense aromas of apples and pears start things off, and in the mouth the wine strikes just the right balance between intensity, crispness and full-flavored opulence. Good fruit, good acids, a pleasing creaminess, and an extended finish that lingers cleanly through flavors of toast and butter.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2001

5 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

The Canoe Ridge is...one of this winery's best ever. It is rich, full bodied, and complex, with intense fruitiness (baked cherry, black currant) and well integrated new oak character (toast, vanilla, tobacco, cedar). Very long finish.

California Grapevine, May 1, 2001

89 points, “Highly Recommended”

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

Medium-light yellow; attractive, forward, toasty, herbal, appley, slightly grassy aroma with hints of vanilla and creamy oak; medium-fulll body; herbal, slightly grassy, toasty, green apple flavors; slightly tart finish; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended.

California Grapevine, May 1, 2001

89 points, “Highly Recommended”

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

Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, forward, herbal, toasty, appley aroma with notes of vanilla and a hint of butterscotch; medium-full body; forward, moderately rich, toasty, lemony green apple flavors with a rounded mouth feel and notes of butterscotch and vanilla; well balanced; ...Showed an appealing vanilla character and firm structure. Highly recommended.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, May 1, 2001

1 puffs

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

This nicely tailored Chardonnay starts out with likeable aromas of ripe apples, toasty oak and hints of smoke, and its like-minded flavors follow suit with well-placed fruit at their heart and a touch of sympathetic oak lending a bit of added range and richness. Nicely balanced, medium-full in body and fairly long on the palate, it maintains a fine sense of proportion from beginning to end.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, May 1, 2001

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Soft-spoken in fruit and trimmed with a nominal bit of oak, this clean and relatively simple Chardonnay comes with an edge of youthful coarsness. Still, it is not very pricey as Chardonnay goes, and it will make a fine accompaniment to plainly broiled white fishes like trout or sole.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, April 1, 2001

1 puffs, “Good Value & Best Buys in the Market”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

...ripe, open, nectarine and citrus aromas and its juicy, forward, slightly sweet flavors.^Ran in Best Buy Column May issue. brimming with juicy, ripe nectarine and fresh citrus qualities.

Northwest Palate, April 1, 2001

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

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

Complex aromas of talc, citrus, butter, and lees. Juicy and focused flavors of ripe apple and light caramel. Elegant and restrained, with excellent balance and length.

Indian Wells label on bottle