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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...

Wine Spectator, September 15, 2001

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Aromatic and generous, in a soft, off-dry style that brims with delicious apple, peach and floral flavors. Finishes with a touch of pineapple, echoing it all nicely.

Wine Spectator, September 15, 2001

88 points

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

Ripe and round, a soft-textured Merlot with exotic herb and chocolate overtones wrapped around a smooth core of currant and dark plum.

Wine Spectator, September 15, 2001

88 points

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

Ripe and round, a soft-textured Merlot with exotic herb and chocolate overtones wrapped around a smooth core of currant and dark plum. Flavors linger gently, but it lacks the lift and length of previous vintages.

Wine Spectator, September 15, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Soft and plush, with pretty raspberry and currant flavors that ride smoothly over a layer of fine-grained tannins, picking up nice hints of nutmeg and vanilla on the finish.

Wine News, September 1, 2001

91 points

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

Dense inky hue. Intoxicating bouquet of black cherry, violets and vanilla. Creamy entry of rich black cherry with cedar underpinnings. Soft, oak-infused tannins impart structure and balance. Drying finish echoing oak and cherry wrapped in a ribbon of chocolate.

Wine News, September 1, 2001

90 points

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

Opaque inky-black hue. Pretty bouquet of vanilla, violets and coffee. Silky entry of rich strawberry fruit and tobacco with melded acids and oaky tannins. Closes with maple syrup and bold licorice notes.

Wine News, September 1, 2001

87 points

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

Shy green apple notes with wisps of honey and beeswax. Crisp peach flavors with secondary nuances of clove and oak. Continued impressions of oak in the juicy finish.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, September 1, 2001

92 points

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

...the ‘Indian Wells’ bottling is simply loaded with effusive black cherry fruit and is made all the more immediately appealing by its sweeping sense of sweet and creamy oak. It is full and supple in the mouth with rich fruit ever the master of its considerable oak...

Wine News, September 1, 2001

86 points

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

Earthy nose of maple, coffee and black licorice. Rich, balanced flavors of sweet cherry and black plum with moch! undertones. Tart fruit and leather notes push the finish.

Wine News, September 1, 2001

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Dark ruby-red hue. Opulent red fruit bouquet with fragrant orange and floral notes. Rich, silky entry with integrated tannins, buttery texture and cherry-blackberry fruit. Sweet-tart, coating finish.

Wine News, September 1, 2001

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Bright yellow-gold hue. Rich aromas of butterscotch, pineapple and fig with secondary nuances of honey and spice. Ripe flavors of pineapple and pear. Spicy oak notes in the juicy close.

Wine News, September 1, 2001

88 points

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

Shy aromas of oak, white peach and vanilla. Powerful grapefruit and lemon flavors supported by bracing acidity. Long, complex finish, offering hints of sweet lemon custard.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, September 1, 2001

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

...this rich, slightly smoky, vanilla-scented Merlot is underpinned by a solid measure of ripe, red-cherry fruitiness and is enriched with an intriguing note of dusty spice. Moderately full and quite supple in feel, it ends with a long aftertaste of barrel-seasoned fruit...

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 2001

91 points, “Editor's Choice”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Scented with an intriguing mix of herbs and chocolatey spices, this wine is 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.

Indian Wells label on bottle