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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.

Wine Press Northwest, December 1, 2003

“Outstanding!”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Ste. Michelle's top Merlot is a big, brooding wine with complex aromas of oak, leather, mint and bing cherries and flavors of black currants and dark acidity. With right-on acidity, this is a wine to drink now with a great cut of beef or lamb or hold dearly in your cellar.

Wine Spectator, November 15, 2003

90 points, “World Cabernets for $15 or Less”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

California Grapevine, November 1, 2003

“Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, intense, toasty, black cherry fruit aroma with notes of charred oak; medium-full to full body; moderately concentrated, cedary, black cherry fruit flavors; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste.

California Grapevine, November 1, 2003

86 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Medium-dark ruby; attractive, intense, blackberry and dark currant aroma with notes of dill and chocolate; medium-full to full body; rich, textured, cedary, dark currant and black cherry fruit flavors with overtones of sweet oak; medium-full to full tannin; tight, rough finish; lingering aftertaste. Needs several more years of bottle aging.

California Grapevine, November 1, 2003

“Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Medium-dark ruby; attractive, intense, toasty, smoky, cherry fruit aroma with hints of tobacco; full body; intense, herbal, toasty, black cherry fruit flavors, medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste.

California Grapevine, November 1, 2003

“Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Medium-dark ruby; attractive, intense, briary, cedary, peppery, cherry and blackberry fruit aroma; full body; big, intense, highly concentrated, cedary, slightly tart, blackberry and dark cherry fruit flavors with oaky overtones; full tannin...lingering aftertaste.

California Grapevine, November 1, 2003

“Highly Recommended”

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

Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, toasty, smoky, cherry fruit aroma with overtones of vanilla; medium-full body; rich, textured, herbal, green olive and dark cherry fruit flavors; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste.

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2003

88 points, “Smart Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Plump and juicy, with plum and currant, fine-grained tannins and a touch of white pepper on the softly herbal finish. - Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2003

92 points, “Top Wine”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Tangy, juicy, distinctive for its nectarine and grapefruit flavors. Subtle, with a creamy finish that echoes beautifully.^-Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2003

88 points, “Smart Buy & Recommended Wine From Washington”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Supple, juicy texture features creamy pear and white pepper flavors, which echo pleasantly on the finish. - Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2003

88 points, “Smart Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Supple, juicy texture features creamy pear and white pepper flavors, which echo pleasantly on the finish.^-Harvey Steiman

Restaurant Wine, October 1, 2003

4 stars, “Highly Recommended”

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

...it is medium rich, supple, and well balanced, with excellent character (blueberry, plum, toasted oak, tobacco.)

Restaurant Wine, October 1, 2003

4 stars, “Highly Recommended”

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

These single vineyard wines are excellent Cabernet values. The Canoe Ridge is a firmly structured, full bodied, well balanced wine, with supple texture and excellent length. It tastes of tobacco, black currant, new oak, and cherry. One of the best versions of this wine we have tasted.

Wine & Spirits, October 1, 2003

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Syrah Columbia Valley

A light and fragrant syrah, warm with spiced tea seems and tart black-raspberry flavor...

Restaurant Wine, October 1, 2003

4 stars, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

A supple, full bodied, complex Merlot, with richness, complex flavors, and a firm, long finish. It tastes of cherry, cedar, toast and new oak.

Wine & Spirits, October 1, 2003

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Chunky and rich...with syrup, black and blue fruit for a long cooked lamb shank.

The Wine Advocate, September 23, 2003

86 points, “Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

The Value Report, 208 wines priced under $20^Candied grapefruit and pears can be found in the nose of the 2001 Sauvignon Blanc. A simple yet delicious wine, it regales the palate with citrus-tinged white fruit flavors. Medium-bodied and loaded with glycerin, this expressive effort has a delightful mouth-feel.

The Wine Advocate, September 23, 2003

88 points, “Best Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The medium to dark ruby-colored 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with powerful blackberry, mulberry, and sweet oak aromas. An expansive, boisterous effort, its medium-bodied personality is dominated by boysenberry, red cherry, and cassis flavors.

The Wine Advocate, September 23, 2003

85 points, “Best Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Readers who appreciate wines dominated by the scents and flavors of oak will like Chateau Ste. Michelle's 2001 Chardonnay...It reveals good balance, a delightful satiny texture, and smoke, toast, as well as vanilla. Consume it over the next 12-18 months.

California Grapevine, September 1, 2003

88 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

Medium-light yellow; attractive, floral, spicy, herbal, pear, citrus, and green apple aroma with notes of mineral and wet stone; medium-full body; fleshy, crisp, herbal, grapefruit and green apple flavors with an appealing mouth feel; lingering aftertaste.

Wine News, September 1, 2003

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Deep garnet hue. Intensely smoky aromas of blackberry, blueberry, moch!, earth and the warmth of alcohol. Youthful, peppery flavors of black plum, black cherry, smoke, coffee and a touch of vanilla...

Indian Wells label on bottle