Wine Acclaim

Awards & Honors

Tier Designation:

Varietal:

Vintage:

Keyword:

  1. 1
  2. ...
  3. 91
  4. ...
  5. 116

2776 results

Wine Spectator, June 15, 2004

85 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Light and appealing for its lemon candy and hint of pineapple, finishing with polish.

Wine Spectator, June 15, 2004

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Bright and juicy, a lively mouthful of green apple, grapefruit and subtle spice flavors that linger appealingly on the crisp finish.

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2004

92 points, “The Year''s Best Merlots”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Flavors of Christmas spice and black currants draw a simple line, while the texture expands that fruit into a luscious, supple feel. The flavor develops a cool, potent intensity as the wine takes on air, lifted and mouth-filling, with a gamey scent that parallels roast partridge or Cornish hens stuffed with wild rice.

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2004

91 points, “Exceptional Value<< Best Semillon and Best Value for 2004”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Columbia Valley Semillon Columbia Valley

Classic semillon scents of wheat sheaf, wax and honey juice up this light, delicious white. The wine's charm lies in understatement, a silky sweetness, a clean, crisp, golden apple fruit flavor, round and smooth. The price is simple and understated as the wine, a giveaway.

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2004

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

A tight web of fruit and tannin builds the muscular texture of this cabernet. The flavor is cherry red woven into fine cigar smoke, the tannins smooth and soothing, darkened to a chocolate tone. It all adds up to structural grace, something rare at wines two times the price. The perfumed aromatics show the wine to be simple, but the feel of it turns simple curves into an advantage. Buy this by the case.

California Grapevine, May 1, 2004

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Indian Wells Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Medium-light golden yellow; tight, floral, spicy, citrussy, toasty, tropical fruit aroma with notes of caramel and vanilla; medium-full body; herbal, citrussy, tropical fruit flavors; well balanced and structured with firm acidity; lingering aftertaste.

Wine Spectator, April 30, 2004

89 points, “Smart Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley

Ripe and velvety, with a bay leaf and licorice edge to the dark berry flavors, echoing on the fine-grained finish.

Wine & Spirits, April 4, 2004

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Light and elegant, this is structured to age into the sort of burnished complexity merlot rarely gives outside of Bordeaux. The flavors are based on a black cherry though-line of fruit, interwoven with heady touches of green olive and the meatiness of a long-cooked veal shank. In the end, it's hard to think of better food to serve with the wine.

Restaurant Wine, April 4, 2004

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Fleshy and full bodied, this is a smoothly textured, well balanced, lightly oaked Merlot of fine quality. Very long finish. It tastes of cherry, plum, toast, and spicy oak.

Restaurant Wine, April 4, 2004

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

An excellent Cabernet, with supple texture and good balance. It is full bodied, long on the palate, and lightly tannic. It tastes of black currant, plum, and toasted oak.

Northwest Palate, April 1, 2004

1 grape clusters

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Aromas of herb, cassis, and berry fruit. On the palate, tart berry fruit flavors balance cocoa flavors and chalky tannins into a bright, juicy finish.

Northwest Palate, April 1, 2004

1 grape clusters

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Graham, berry fruit, and cedar in the nose. Youthfully tannic, with intense black fruit flavors mid-palate and graham in the finish...

Wine & Spirits, April 1, 2004

86 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Round with peach and lemon butter flavors, this is soft, held in a buzz of alcohol. A simple, rich white for shellfish.

Northwest Palate, April 1, 2004

2 grape clusters, “Excellent Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley

Balanced aromas of toast, berry, and plum. Flavors of berry and plum fruit support ripe tannins and toasting oak into a bright fruit finish. Elegant and well balanced; pair with minestrone.

Northwest Palate, April 1, 2004

1 grape clusters

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Complex aromas of caramel, butter, and citrus spice. Rich and concentrated flavors of caramel, vanilla and ripe apple/pear fruit. Long finish of toast and pear; serve with chicken roasted with garlic.

Restaurant Wine, April 1, 2004

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Another excellent wine from this consistent producer. It is distinct in character, fragrant, full bodied, and well balanced, with a long finish. It tastes of apple, spicy oak, lemon peel, and roasted nut.

Wine & Spirits, April 1, 2004

86 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Scents of cinnamon and nutmeg give a sweet spice to this wine's lactic, whey-like bitterness. Pour with prawns in cream sauce.

Wine Press Northwest, March 2, 2004

“Outstanding! Wine of the Week”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Considered one of Washington's finest vineyards, Cold Creek^also is one of the state's oldest, first planted in the early 1970s. While Chateau Ste. Michelle makes a number of wines from this vineyard, it's the Chardonnay that shines annually as one of the best anywhere and appeals to fans of both the fruit-forward and somewhat oaky styles. The 2001 version hits the nose with citrus, huge butterscotch, some^wood, lanolin and a touch of figs, followed by flavors of more citrus, especially lemon, good acidity, a rich mouthfeel and a long, fresh finish. Rated "Outstanding" by Wine Press Northwest magazine.

Wine Press Northwest, March 1, 2004

“Outstanding!”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

As Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were floating down the Columbia nearly 200 years ago, they gazed at some hills in the eastern Columbia Gorge and thought they looked like and upside-down canoe. Turns out the ridge is a great place to grow grapes, and now Chateau Ste. Michelle is taking full advantage with one stellar release after another. This is bursting with aromas of plums, espresso and pipe tobacco and flavors of rich, ripe fruit. Bold acidity and aggressive tannins give this age-worthiness.

Wine Press Northwest, March 1, 2004

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Perhaps best known for its Chardonnay, Cold Creek Vineyard also grows top red grapes. This is a great example with its aromas of chocolate-dipped raspberries and sweet spices and flavors of bold, ripe plums. The plentiful fruit keeps up with somewhat aggressive tannins. A wine to age for a few years or pair with a thick steak.

Wine Press Northwest, March 1, 2004

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

A lovely and food-friendly white with aromas of apple peels, figs, and dried apricots and crisp citrus flavors that dance across the palate. Tons of flavor on the midpalate mingle with bright acidity and classic underlying herbal notes. Enjoy this with seafood, chicken or pasta with a cream sauce.

California Grapevine, March 1, 2004

85 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Medium-light yellow; herbal, ripe melon aroma with notes of tropical fruit and vanilla; medium to medium-full body; tight, crisp, spicy, slightly lemony flavors with oaky undertones; lingering aftertaste.

Wine Press Northwest, March 1, 2004

“Outstanding!”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley

Often overlooked are Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyard-designated wines. Yet typically they are among the best produced in Washington. This is no exception with its complex aromas of baker's chocolate, ripe plums and cherries, hints of cedar and moist, minerally earth. The palate reveals flavor of blueberries, strawberry jam, vanilla, chocolate and black tea. Aggressive tannins and bold acidity make this a candidate for the cellar, but if you can't wait, just pair it with a thick, pepper-encrusted steak.

Wine Press Northwest, March 1, 2004

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Collectors dazzled by the artwork of Italo Scanga should be equally pleased with what's in the bottle. Ripe blackberries and toasty oak greet the nose, and flavors of cherries, white chocolate and sweet spices dance across the palate. Bold tannins will pair well now with roasted meats or reward patience in the cellar.

Indian Wells label on bottle