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Wine News, March 1, 2004

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Unfiltered garnet hue. Bright aromas of cherry, chocolate, menthol and pencil with a hint of bell pepper. Lean, crisp flavors of rhubarb, cherry, coffee and spicy oak. Warm, cedar-laced close.

Wine Press Northwest, March 1, 2004

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

This boldly structured white wine impresses with its layers of oak-laden aromas and flavors. Notes of fresh apples, lemon zest and butterscotch give way to crisp, rich flavors of citrus, overripe pears and hints of anise. A big conversation piece.

Wine News, March 1, 2004

97 points, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Dessert Wine Ice Wine White Riesling Columbia Valley

A great sweet white, exemplary; off-the charts viscosity, low-key, at once refined and sexy, shows the grace of a prima ballerina.

Restaurant Wine, February 1, 2004

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle's Chardonnays have steadily improved in quality, and these are among its best ever. The Cold Creek is extremely good: supple and complex in flavor, with full body, moderate richness and a long finish. It tastes of roasted nut, vanilla, lemon peel, apple and new oak. (Issue# 99)

Restaurant Wine, February 1, 2004

5 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle's Chardonnays have steadily improved in quality, and these are among its best ever...The Reserve is exceptional: complex in flavor, yet full bodied and well balanced; a Chardonnay which is very supple in texture, long on the palate and persistent on the finish, tasting of roasted nut, freshly baked bread, vanilla, honey, lemon candy, and toast."

Wine & Spirits, February 1, 2004

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Dessert Wine Ice Wine White Riesling Columbia Valley

Deep spice cuts some of the luscious texture of this wine, a font of caramel and honey over apple and cinnamon. It's heady and extremely sweet.

Restaurant Wine, February 1, 2004

4 stars

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

Wonderful Merlots from Chateau Ste. Michelle. The Canoe Ridge is elegant, supple and medium rich, with very good balance and a long finish. It tastes of baked cherry, toast, cedar, tobacco, and black currant. (Issue#99)

Restaurant Wine, February 1, 2004

5 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Wonderful Merlots from Chateau Ste. Michelle...The Cold Creek is exceptional: supple, and somewhat fleshy in style; a full bodied Merlot, which is fruity and long on the palate, with a very persistent finish. It tastes of boysenberry, black peppercorn, toast, clove, and spicy oak. (Issue#99)

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, January 1, 2004

88 points, “Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

Attractive aromas of orange-rind, lime and white peach start this wine off in the right direction, and its easygoing, fruity flavors follow right in step. Light on its feet and fairly long in taste and finish, this one is a fine choice for a stand alone aperitif yet will work with lighter chicken preparations as well.

Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2003

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

This young wine is still assimilating its considerable new oak scents and flavors; but peeking out is a tightly built wine with pretty tropical fruit flavors and a lip-licking finishing smack of creamy caramel.

Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2003

88 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Syrah Columbia Valley

An engaging, quaffable style, which sports pretty berry/cherry fruit and a nice peppery middle. It doesn't overpower the palate with fruit or oak, but shows good varietal character. Taste this and you will see why Syrah is the most exciting new red wine in the Columbia Valley.

Wine Spectator, December 31, 2003

93 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Dessert Wine Ice Wine White Riesling Columbia Valley

Rich, gorgeously honeyed and deep; sticky sweet but beautifully balanced with enough acidity to make it noble, oozing apricot, pineapple, honey, and marzipan flavors that linger beautifully on a supersilky frame.

Restaurant Wine, December 31, 2003

5 stars, “Great Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Dessert Wine Ice Wine White Riesling Columbia Valley

Superb. Extremely intense in aroma and flavor, with intense sweetness, good depth, and a very long finish. It tastes of peach, pineapple, and honeysuckle.

Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2003

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

A selection of the best lots of Merlot from Cold Creek, Horse Heaven, Canoe Ridge and Indian Wells...a very classy wine, with a mix of red and blue fruits, defining acids and smooth tannins. The oak barrels add well-integrated notes of black tea, smoke and spice.

Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2003

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

A pretty wine, scented with orange and chocolate. Very smooth and elegant, it isn't bogged down with massive fruit or too much alcohol. It's stylish in the French way, yet still powerful with layers of flavors that unwrap like Christmas packages. Superior winemaking.

Wine Spectator, December 15, 2003

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Firm in texture, a chunky Cabernet with cherry and berry notes lurking under a layer of peppery tannins, echoing on the finish.

Wine Spectator, December 15, 2003

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Firm, with olive-scented blackberry and black pepper flavors, finishing with a subtle licorice character as it all lingers on the smoky finish.

Wine Spectator, December 15, 2003

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Syrah Columbia Valley

Fine-textured and ripe without being gloppy, balancing its berry and vanilla flavors against light, fine tannins and lacy acidity.

Wine Spectator, December 15, 2003

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Rich in texture, with cedary notes around a plump core of blackberry and currant fruit, shaded with smoky, tarry overtones on the long, fine-grained finish.

Wine Spectator, December 15, 2003

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Lithe and tangy, with a gamy edge to the bright, peppery flavors, showing cherry and plum notes that linger on the extended, lightly grippy finish.

Wine & Spirits, December 1, 2003

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Jammed with fruit, this has a generous structure to hold all the cherry flavor. It's dark-toned and bright in contrast, the smoky tannins giving a gentle feel of the Columbia Valley.

Wine Press Northwest, December 1, 2003

“Outstanding!”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Cold Creek in the Columbia Valley's Wahluke Slope region is one of Ste. Michelle's oldest and finest vineyards, and the wine are consistently among the winery's best. This is a beautiful Cab with charming cherry aromas and sensual warm berry flavors laced with bittersweet chocolate. Smooth, approachable tannins are balanced with plenty of acidity.

Wine Press Northwest, December 1, 2003

“Outstanding!”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The Canoe Ridge area in the eastern Columbia Gorge is developing into one of the finest grape-growing regions, as proven by this stellar effort that provides complex aromas of vanilla, coffee and exotic spices with flavors of smooth berries and oak. Beautiful structure and balance show off a lengthy finish highlighted with bittersweet chocolate.

Wine Press Northwest, December 1, 2003

“Outstanding!”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

As usual, one of Washington's finest vineyards yields a Chardonnay that appeals to fans of both the fruit-forward style and some what oaky style. It 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 mouth feel and a long, fresh finish.

Indian Wells label on bottle