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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.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, April 1, 2001

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

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

This offering is the most obvious of a very good lot from Chateau Ste. Michelle, and it is fruity, bright, peachy and more than a little on the floral side. Its succulent sweetness and keen balance would make it a joy as a stand-alone quaff.^Ran in "Best Buy" column in May 2001 issue. "..is as good a value as is to be found in any varietal; and it comes with a bonus of being in good supply and widely available."

Restaurant Wine, April 1, 2001

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Another excellent Cabernet from Ste. Michelle. The wine is medium rich and lightly oaky, with intense, youthful fruitiness (cherry, red currant), and overtones of vanilla and oak. Fine value.

Restaurant Wine, April 1, 2001

5 stars, “Exceptional Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

This is a terrific Chardonnay ...It is complex and well balanced, with moderate oakiness. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of banana, apple, toast, roasted nut, lemon peel, and vanilla.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

1 grape clusters, “Recommended & Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Aromas of plums, berries, and toast. Ripe and supple, with flavors of black fruits balancing moderate tannins. Long finish of bright fruit and light toast.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Chocolaty barrel toast and currant fruit in the nose. Intense and focused flavors of ripe plum balance toasty oak and soft, youthful tannins. Long, juicy, berry fruit finish.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Garnet color. Berry fruit, cassis, and graham in the nose. Lush and layered, with ripe black fruit flavors balancing soft tannins. Long finish of cassis and graham.

The Wine Advocate, February 1, 2001

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Poached pears, creamed spices, and minerals are found in the aromatics of the rich, medium to full-bodied 1998 Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc. This plump, well-made, oily-textured, and medium-bodied wine, while thicker and denser than previous vintages, appears to lack their brightness and vivacity. It has a creamy, white fruit-dominated flavor profile, and should be consume=d over the next 12-18 months.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

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

Austere aromas and flavors, featuring mineral, tea leaves, and peach fruit. Lightly bitter finish, with notes of citrus blossom.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended & Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Delicate aromas of melon fruit with grassy, herbal notes in the background. Light-bodied, clean, citrusy, well-balanced, refreshing.

The Wine Advocate, February 1, 2001

90 points

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

Chateau Ste. Michelle continues to impress with their single vineyard Chardonnays. The 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate offers ripe apple, toast, and mineral aromas. It is luscious, opulent, oily-textured, and medium to full-bodied. On the palate, pears, apples , and grilled hazelnuts can be discerned in this long and fruit-forward effort.

The Wine Advocate, February 1, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The white fruit, flower, and stone-scented 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay shares the same lush texture as the Canoe Ridge, yet is tighter and more focused. Its pear, mineral, and spice-laden personality is medium to full-bodied and persistent in the finish.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Barrel toast, mint, and black fruit aromas. Juicy black currant fruit flavors balance youthful astringency. Well balanced in an elegant style.

Wine Spectator, January 31, 2001

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Delivers rich complex fruit and structures that will develop over the next six to eight years.

Wine & Spirits, December 1, 2000

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

This wine's bright red fruit flavors are firm and fresh as Rainier cherries. The chalky tannins give it a sophisticated feel, finishing as a clean, simple and lovely wine. A fine value.

Wine Enthusiast, November 15, 2000

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Dessert Wine Late Harvest Semillon Columbia Valley

Harvested at a lip-smacking 42.5° brix, this seductive wine explodes on the palate with bright grapefruit and citrus flavors, highlighted with sharp acids and finishing with lingering notes of caramel and butter. Long and delicious.

Wine Enthusiast, November 15, 2000

86 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Barrel fermented, with toasty highlights. Despite the new oak, it retains its refreshing green-apple and citrus fruit...

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2000

88 points, “Top White Wines for $15 or Less”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Bright and refreshing, with lively lime and tangerine aromas and pretty green apple flavors.

Restaurant Wine, October 1, 2000

5 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Perhapos the best version of this wine we have tasted. It is full bodied and well balanced, with some richness, excellent flavor, and a long, lightly tannic finish. Great Value.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 2000

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Bright and juicy. A lithe mouthful of raspberry, currant and spice flavors that linger on the polished finish.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 2000

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Stylish and graceful, it's light and silky, with pretty blackberry and wild plum notes shining through the modest tannins.

Indian Wells label on bottle