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Wine & Spirits, October 1, 2002

86 points

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

Smoky and lean, this has a dry, acerbic smokiness, like a rusty nail driven into oak. There's intriguing detail to the flavors, though they're more about soil (minerals and sweaty clay) and oak (butter and cinnamon) than any clearly stated fruit. Grilled salmon may bring out the wines softer side.

Wine & Spirits, October 1, 2002

88 points

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

The oak shows first, with sweet vanilla-bean scents and bitter almond flavors. Then the wine opens, broadens, takes in the western Washington wheat fields and big sky with a red fruit character unusual in chardonnay. Give this a mild chill, then decant it for blanquette de veau.

California Grapevine, October 1, 2002

89 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Medium to medium-dark ruby; pleasant, floral, herbal, plummy, sweet black cherry fruit aroma with notes of tobacco and black pepper; medium-full body; forward, rich , supple, tarrish, ripe black cherry fruit flavors; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste.

Wine & Spirits, October 1, 2002

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

The luxurious texture of this merlot is something the vine creates in the best sites of Columbia Valley – A firm ripeness that coalesces in the tender touch of black, ferrous, grape skin tannins. The texture forms the substrate for deep black cherry fruit, a dark-fleshed, round presence that remains simple in line. Then it closes with a grace note of boysenberry that lifts the finish. A gentle and stylish merlot.

Wine Spectator, September 15, 2002

85 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Firm with a gamy edge to the basic berry flavors, finishing a bit tight and ungenerous. Needs time to open up. Best after 2003. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Outstanding & Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley

A great example of what Northwest Gewürztraminer can be. Nutmeg and pineapple aromas lead to flavors of grapefruit, orange zest and other fruits. It’s a perfectly balanced wine with amazingly crisp acidity that would pair perfectly with Thanksgiving dinner.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 2002

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley

A popular style, fruity and forward, with the emphasis on citrus, grapefruit and apricot qualities. Sweet fruit set against tangy acid makes it a versatile food wine too.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

A crisp, clean wine that offers light aromas and flavors of melons and citrus. Pair this with pasta in a cream sauce or a cheese and fruit plate.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Outstanding!”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Consistent excellence is the hallmark of this winery. This outstanding effort offers inviting oak, chocolate and tobacco aromas with delicious dark cherry fruit and smooth, pleasing tannins. Drink now or cellar for a few years.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

This off-dry white offers aromas and flavors of apples, pears, tangerines and orange zest. The crisp acidity gives this lots of food-pairing potential. Try with crab, scallops or baked oysters.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

As usual, you can expect Chateau Ste. Michelle to excel with crisp white wines. It opens with wonderful orchard fruit aromas and flavors with great food-matching potential. Try this one with scallops.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Recommended”

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

A big wine from one of Ste. Michelle’s key vineyards, this opens with toasty oak, vanilla and tropical fruit aromas with oily, buttery and citrus flavors. Plenty of acidity backs up the wine and leads to a tart, seafood-friendly finish.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Outstanding!”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Chalk up another great wine to the folks at Ste. Michelle. This top wine opens with sweet oak aromas that set you up for a thrilling ride of black currants, ripe plums and smooth tannins. A delicious effort that should pair well with beef, lamb, venison, lasagna and more.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 2002

92 points, “Cellar Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Just 18,00 cases of this powerful, profound wine are made, from the same three vineyards that go into the winery’s vineyard designates: Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge and Indian Wells. Thick, rich fruit is set off with substantial, chocolatey tannins. Still a bit restrained, but give it a few hours and interesting notes of black tea, smoke, leaf and leather emerge.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, September 1, 2002

95 points, “Three puffs”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Yet another hit in a remarkable string of successes from Chateau Ste. Michelle, this brilliantly executed Reserve Merlot is absolutely brimming with wonderfully well-focused fruit, and its careful appointment of creamy oak brings a big dollop of richness that achieves perfect harmony with wine’s fruity focus. Very supple in texture, yet fit with a fine spine of firming tannins, it is both delicious now yet is structured to keep good for a decade or more.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

This has a beautiful nose, with pepper, light balsamic and green tea scents. The Tannins are also tea-like, and the compact fruit mixes red and black flavors. Smoky, tannic and tight, with strong herb, tea and tobacco flavors.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Outstanding!”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

This rich, complex red offers charred oak, coffee and blackberry aromas with big, jammy flavors and a long, silky smooth finish. A classic wine to enjoy with prime rib, lamb, venison or medium cheeses.

Wine News, August 15, 2002

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Shy scents of new oak and raspberry. Plum and blueberry flavors supported by freshly dug earth in a big but not overwhelming package. A rock-solid winner.

Northwest Palate, August 1, 2002

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

Delicate aromas of apple and lime. Light-bodied, ripe apple flavors with a note of green pear in the finish. Try with a light chicken salad.

Restaurant Wine, August 1, 2002

4 stars

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

An excellent Chardonnay. It is full bodied and very complex in aroma/ flavor without being heavy or dull. Very long finish. It tastes of roasted nut, vanilla, honey, lemon peel, apple, and butterscotch.

Restaurant Wine, August 1, 2002

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle has rediscovered Riesling! The Johannisberg Riesling is off dry, medium full bodied, well balanced, and extremely distinct in character (apricot, grapefruit, honeysuckle), with firm acidity, and a long finish.

Northwest Palate, August 1, 2002

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Bright yellow gold color. Vanilla, toasted hazelnuts, and butterscotch in the nose. Rich and creamy on the palate, with banana candy and juicy pear flavors. Well balanced by bright acidity. Serve with grilled prawns.

Northwest Palate, August 1, 2002

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

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

Light yellow gold color. Apple, vanilla, and butterscotch aromas. Sweet ripe apple and butterscotch flavors. Well balanced, rich and intense; pair with lobster bisque.

Northwest Palate, August 1, 2002

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Syrah Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Deep aromas of blueberry, graham, and plum fruit. Bold, ripe plum fruit flavors balance ripe, youthful tannins. Cellar up to 3 years for additional complexity. Good Value.

Indian Wells label on bottle