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California Grapevine, September 1, 2000

87 points, “Highly Recommended”

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

Medium-light yellow; pleasant, slightly grassy, fig and ripe melon aroma with hints of vanilla; medium body; slightly rich, herbal, lemony flavors; with a touch of vanilla; slightly thin on the finish; slightly lingering aftertaste.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, September 1, 2000

1 puffs

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

Here is a balanced, bright, fresh bottling whose pear and gala apple aromas make up in prettiness for a barely perceptible lack of boldness. Balance, energy and a good sense of polish mark the flavors as well, and the wine's keen varietal focus holds up nicely from front to back.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, September 1, 2000

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Sharing its partner's penchant for understatement, this lees and oak-tinged bottling is a perfectly clean, well-mannered wine, but it is also a tad shy in intensity to earn high marks.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 2000

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Tight, tannic and tart, this take-no-prisoners wine is clearly built for the long haul. Shows a dark chocolate/cherry core, wrapped in scents of coffee and bell pepper. Hot and chewy through the long, tannic finish.

Wine Spectator, August 31, 2000

88 points

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 that reverberate lightly on the finish.^Also reviewed 9/30/2000 WA Special Report

Wine Spectator, August 31, 2000

91 points, “Spectator Selection - Harvey Steiman's Top-Scoring Wines from Washington”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

A lively mouthful, round and juicy, its citrus, pear and nectarine shaded with lovely hints of nutmeg and vanilla. Gracefully balanced on a moderate scale, all resonates beautifully on the finish. Tasted twice with consistent notes.

Wine Spectator, August 31, 2000

88 points

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

Ripe and creamy, showing layers of appealing pear, apple, citrus, vanilla and cream that play out on a smooth, spicy frame.^Also reviewed 9/30/2000 WA Special Report

Restaurant Wine, August 1, 2000

4 stars, “Excellent & Great Value”

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

A fine Sauvignon, in a full, supple, fruity style. It has grapey, melon-like aromas/flavors, with overtones of oak and vanilla. Long finish. Great value

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, August 1, 2000

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

Subtlety more than potency is the essence of this clean but always understated and narrowly defined wine, and it carries just enough grassiness and green melon fruit to make its varietal claim.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, August 1, 2000

1 puffs

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Solidly varietal, still a little closed-in yet youthfully fruity as it opens with airing, this wine is a little on the firm side relative to its California cousins. It has a bit of fleshy at entry, and its moderate tannins will abate with age leaving a fairly refined, medium-intensity bottling in their wake.

Restaurant Wine, August 1, 2000

5 stars, “Excellent”

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

A fine late harvest Semillon. It is supple, refined in flavor(melon,peach, honey), medium-sweet, and full bodied. Long finish.

Wine Press Northwest, July 15, 2000

“Outstanding”

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

Cedar and toasty with black pepper. A rich complex wine with a nice farewell.

Wine Press Northwest, July 15, 2000

“Outstanding”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Coffee and moch! with a spicy aroma, followed by luscious berries.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, July 1, 2000

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

Its underlying fruit and somewhat velvety palatal feel provide some positive appeal, but the wine is burdened with a strong streak of ashy oak spice and insistent suggestions of burnt toast that muddle its aromas, flavor and finish. Its mix of pluses and minuses will annoy as many as it pleases.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2000

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Bright and juicy, a snappy mouthful of lime-tinged pear and apple with a nice halo of spicy oak hovering in the background on the finish.^Also reviewed 9/30/2000 WA Special Report

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2000

“Best Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Pedigree ^Erik Olsen makes the white wines for Washington state winery Chateau Ste Michelle, including several inexpensive bottlings which reflect the same careful handling and prime Columbia Valley vineyards that bring acclaim to his entire collection. Chateau Ste Michelle takes special interest in riesling, being one of the first to have popularized the variety in this country. In 1999, a joint collaboration between CSM and Dr. Loosen from Germany's Mosel created two new higher-priced bottlings from their Cold Creek and Horse Heaven vineyards. The 1999 Johannisberg Riesling benefits from a sizeable portion of this same fruit.^Bottom Line^Washington's biggest winery justifies its reputation with a set of wonderfully textured, full-flavored whites.

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2000

88 points, “Best Values / 100 Best Values of 2000”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Lovely peach and butterscotch flavors lead into a well-integrated, citrus-crisp finish. Smooth and balanced.^A light and clean sauvignon blanc in a steely, citrus style, this starts off with lees and butter flavors and ends with crisp, lemon-lime acidity.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 1, 2000

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Light, crisp and citrusy in tone, the aromas of this clean, presentable wine are paralleled in its bright, somewhat simple but likeable flavors. Try it with lighter fish dishes like sole grilled with butter and almonds.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, May 31, 2000

1 puffs, “An Admirable Wine”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Engaging aromas of melon, pear and kiwi are paralleled in the wine's easy-to-taste flavors. It stays far away from the grassy side of the Sauvignon Blanc makeup, and instead, concerns itself from front to back with pert, lively fruit.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, May 31, 2000

1 puffs, “An Admirable Wine”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Frankly, this is a lovely wine whose flirtation with two stars is held back only by a slight shortfall in intensity. Yet, it has perfectly defined Merlot ripe-cherry fruit and a smoky, bacony streak that brings it added range and richness.

Wine Spectator, May 15, 2000

85 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Juicy and refreshing for its floral, pear and apple flavors, with a touch of herb on the finish.^Also reviewed 9/30/2000 WA Special Report

Wine & Spirits, April 15, 2000

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

At first, the cool, clear, ripe fruit seems merely a vehicle for the oak in this wine. But as is takes on air in the glass, the fruit flavors deepen and the supple texture becomes saturated with fresh lemon curd and bolder fruit. Give this another year in the bottle and that fruit should lengthen out. Even then, it will be a big wine for flavorful food.

Wine Spectator, March 31, 2000

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Supple and appealing for its graceful style and cedar- and spice-scented berry and black cherry flavors. Finishes on the light side, but it's persistent. Drink now through 2002.^Also reviewed 9/30/2000 WA Special Report

Wine Spectator, March 31, 2000

92 points, “Spectator Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

This Washington offering is supple in texture, generous and beautifully proportioned to emphasize its honey- and spice-scented pear and sweet orange flavors that echo persistently on the long, long finish. Yummy. Drink now through 2004.^Also ran in 9/30/00 Washington Special Report - Harvey Steiman's Top-Scoring Wines from Washington.

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