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California Grapevine, July 1, 2001

88 points, “Highly Recommended”

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

Medium ruby; attractive, herbal, cedary, toasty, black cherry fruit aroma with overtones of creamy oak; medium-full to full body; forward, rich, textured, chalky, toasty, ripe red currant flavors; medium-full to full tannin...lingering aftertaste.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2001

92 points, “Best Buy”

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

The Horse Heaven Vineyard has been producing exceptional Sauvignon Blancs for the past decade. ... Ripe, lush fruit gets some added creaminess from barrel fermentation and aging sur lie. There are scents of lime, citrus peel, wet stone and spice, leading to a wonderfully full, focused panoply of flavors in the mouth. The finish goes on forever.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2001

4 stars

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

...more intense and a bit fuller bodied, with new oak, apple, citrus fruit, and floral aromas/flavors.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2001

4 stars

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

...excellent: supple and very ripe in style, with layers of spicy, toasty new oak. It is full bodied, plummy and lightly floral in aroma/flavor, and long on the finish.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2001

4 stars

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

...a very good wine: full bodied, supple & elegant in flavor (apple, hazelnut, toast, and pineapple), with a long finish.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2001

5 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The Cold Creek bottling has it all. It is rich and complex in style, with excellent balance and length. Very supple in texture, medium intense in flavor, and persistent on the finish. Tastes of apple, lemon peel, roasted nut, vanilla, & toasted oak.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2001

87 points

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

This is a well-made, balanced effort with green apple fruit enhanced with hints of honey and allspice.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2001

5 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

The Reserve is more powerful still--a smoothly textured, richly flavored Merlot, combining intensity with complexity, without sacrificing balance. Very long and persistent on the finish.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2001

90 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Intense aromas of apples and pears start things off, and in the mouth the wine strikes just the right balance between intensity, crispness and full-flavored opulence. Good fruit, good acids, a pleasing creaminess, and an extended finish that lingers cleanly through flavors of toast and butter.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2001

5 stars

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

The Canoe Ridge is...one of this winery's best ever. It is rich, full bodied, and complex, with intense fruitiness (baked cherry, black currant) and well integrated new oak character (toast, vanilla, tobacco, cedar). Very long finish.

California Grapevine, May 1, 2001

89 points, “Highly Recommended”

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

Medium-light yellow; attractive, forward, toasty, herbal, appley, slightly grassy aroma with hints of vanilla and creamy oak; medium-fulll body; herbal, slightly grassy, toasty, green apple flavors; slightly tart finish; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended.

California Grapevine, May 1, 2001

89 points, “Highly Recommended”

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

Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, forward, herbal, toasty, appley aroma with notes of vanilla and a hint of butterscotch; medium-full body; forward, moderately rich, toasty, lemony green apple flavors with a rounded mouth feel and notes of butterscotch and vanilla; well balanced; ...Showed an appealing vanilla character and firm structure. Highly recommended.

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.

Indian Wells label on bottle