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Wine Spectator, July 31, 2002

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Soft and spicy up front, with lots of nutmeg and pepper dancing around the pear and melon fruit at the core, ending with tangy acidity and a spicy oak note.

California Grapevine, July 1, 2002

86 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, intense, toasty, ripe pear and green apple aroma with hints of grapefruit and overtones of creamy oak; medium-full to full body; forward, rich, rounded, toasty, citrus and green apple flavors; lingering aftertaste.

Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

...accessible, made in a powerful, lush style with softer fruit and more obvious new oak. Fleshy, full-bodied and showing lively spice, it's a drink-me-now pleasure.

Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 2002

89 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

A big and friendly wine, with plenty of forward fruit mingling flavors of citrus, apples and pears. There is a nice blast of vanilla too, the only obvious sign of new oak aging, but the impression overall is of crisp, clean elegance.

California Grapevine, July 1, 2002

85 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Medium-dark ruby; attractive, spicy, leathery, oaky, blackberry fruit aroma; medium-full body; tight, herbal, cedary, leathery, peppery. Jammy black cherry flavors; full tannin; dry finish; lingering aftertaste.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, July 1, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Very much in the winery style, this wine contains all the expected pieces without ever giving itself over to ripeness or excess. High in concentrated raspberry and blackberry fruitiness and enriched by sweet oak, its aromas and flavors are allowed an extra bit of room by the wine's somewhat open finish.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2002

85 points, “Best Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Lively, tangy and distinctive for its lemon and fresh straw character, which culminates in a tart, lemon-drop finish.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2002

4 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Round, full bodied, nearly dry, and well balanced; a Riesling with intense flavors (honeysuckle, lime, apple) and a very long finish.

Wine Press Northwest, June 1, 2002

“Outstanding”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Ste. Michelle continues to help lead the Riesling Renaissance with this richly delicious wine. Wonderful grapefruit and peach aromas and flavors are expertly backed up with right-on acids for a long, delicious farewell. Enjoy with crab, salmon, chicken or pasta.

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2002

93 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Black as midnight, this wine's ripe plum and chocolate flavors feel blanketed by a soil character. They give this regional blend a sense of place, even if it's a broad sense of the expansive Columbia Valley. Ste. Michelle grows most of this blend (including 15 percent cabernet franc) on their Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge and Indian Wells vineyards, where the cool vintage offered a near perfect season between veraison and harvest. The luscious texture is consistent all the way through, giving it a sophistication, a supple grandeur, a cool and sexy feel. Fresh and clean, with the firm grit of the soil, this is an astonishing value from Washington, a wine to buy by the case.

Wine Press Northwest, June 1, 2002

“Outstanding”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Ste. Michelle's regular Merlot opens with inviting espresso aromas that lead to wonderfully layered berry fruit flavors, a plush mid-palate and a delicious finale.

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2002

85 points

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

A wine for the chocoholic, this leads off with strawberry scents, then turns to soft chocolate-bar flavors.

Wine Press Northwest, June 1, 2002

“Outstanding”

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

From this Wahluke Slope vineyard comes a Merlot with a rich mouthful of dark berries, black cherries, chocolate and more. A great balance of flavor, acidity and tannin gives this cellar potential.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 1, 2002

92 points, “Best Buys in the Market”

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

Keenly focused aromas of red cherries, creamy oak and dried flowers come with the bright, succulent tones one wants to find in Merlot, and those attractively juicy, fruity characteristics feature in the wine's supple, polished flavors as well. Latter palate tannins provide muscle and ageworthiness to this finely honed effort and insure that it will be as enjoyable half a decade from now as it is today.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2002

88 points

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

The Indian Wells Merlot is oakier and a bit rougher than the Cold Creek. Instead of high acid red fruits, here are blackberries and dusty cocoa, with thick tannins and a generous amount of toasty new oak.

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2002

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Light, fragrant red berry scents fill the nose and then the mouth with a lovely, gentle fruit presence. The texture may be voluptuous, but the wine holds to the gentleness all the way through, lasting with grace and ease. Oak contributes to the savory character of the wine with a finishing scent of nutmeats. But it doesn't diminish the light complexity.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The Chateau's reserve is held an extra five months in barrel, and represents a selection of the winery's top 1 percent of Cabernet. It's a big, thick, juicy effort loaded with ripe, lip-smacking berry and cassis fruit. Firm acids and a sheath of spice--anise, fennel, tobacco and coffee--complete the picture.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2002

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

A straight-ahead, no-frills effort that shows herb-tinged cassis and cherry fruit and tight, dry tannins. A hint of tobacco and green tea enlivens the finish. This wine surely will prove cellar-worthy; it may not reach its peak for at least a decade.

Wine Press Northwest, June 1, 2002

“Outstanding”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Another classic from Ste. Michelle, this beautifully balanced Cab begins with dark fruit aromas that meld with vanilla and bittersweet chocolate notes. A full-bodied wine with rich, smooth tannins and a long, classy finish.

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2002

89 points, “Exceptional Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

On first blush, this is a big, honkin' cabernet, all fruit, a simple blast made to please a crowd. But on closer inspection, there's harmony to the wine, cool and temperate, not at all overripe, with a structure that will benefit from development over time.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 1, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Ever so slightly tighter and firmer in its basics than Ste. Michelle's Indian Wells bottling, this one too trades in ripe cherry fruit and plentiful oak. Caramel and vanilla are part and parcel of the mix here, and so too does somewhat abrupt astringency make itself known, but the youthfully energetic and still developing fruit stays the course and suggests that this one can get better and better.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2002

90 points

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

From an exceptional vineyard site high above the Columbia River, this wine is a dark, potent and heady mix of toasty, earthy aromas and forward fruit. Flavors of licorice, moch! and cedar mix into the sassy finish. Overall it's a user-friendly, open and powerful style.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2002

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Not quite as dense as recent vintages, this is nonetheless sharply defined, with tart red berries and cherries underscored with baker's chocolate. The tannins are hard and the wine, as is generally true with this vineyard, needs considerable aging to reveal its full pleasures.

Wine Press Northwest, June 1, 2002

“Outstanding”

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

There's little wonder that Canoe Ridge is one of this winery's star vineyards. This creamy Merlot offers luscious fruit, vanilla and oak nuances and a memorable farewell.

Indian Wells label on bottle