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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...

Wine News, September 1, 2003

86 points

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

Deep crimson hue. Pungent aromas of red berry dust, vanillin oak and a hint of rhubarb...

Wine News, September 1, 2003

87 points

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

Deep crimson hue. Shy aromas of black plum, cedar, moch! and a citrus note. Nicely roasted flavors of black plum, cedar, espresso and new oak. Oak highlights the finish.

Wine News, September 1, 2003

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Crimson hue. Reserved scents of black plum, smoke and cedar. Good balance frames subtle flavors of blackberry, espresso and toasty oak. Lingering black pepper in the spicy finish.

Wine News, September 1, 2003

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Dense crimson hue. Shy, nuanced scents of raspberry, blueberry, coconut, black pepper and moch!. Rich, lively flavors of plum, black earth, maple and coffee. Long close sports a coffee note.

California Grapevine, September 1, 2003

87 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Attractive, forward, toasty, ripe apple and pear aroma with overtones of vanilla; medium-full body; moderately rich, firmly structured, toasty, green apple flavors...

Wine News, September 1, 2003

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Bright gold hue. Rich, buttery aromas of melon, apricot and oak with hints of pineapple and mineral. Fresh acidity enlivens lush flavors of apple, pear and butter. Lingering butterscotch close.

Wine News, September 1, 2003

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Syrah Columbia Valley

Deep garnet hue. Aromas of stewed plum, dust and new oak with hints of licorice and nutmeg. Dense flavors of blackberry, chocolate and black pepper. Black pepper-spiked finish.

Wine News, September 1, 2003

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Black hue with a garnet rim. Well-integrated flavors of blackberry, raspberry, moch!, creamed coffee, mint and a hint of coconut. Soft, chewy flavors of blueberry, chocolate, eucalyptus and coffee with earth and coconut notes. Oak highlights the velvety close.

Wine News, September 1, 2003

82 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Medium gold hue. Shy scents of pear, apple and oak. Concentrated, overripe flavors of peach, marmalade and buttery oak. Butter and oak drive the finish.

Wine News, September 1, 2003

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Deep garnet hue. Cedary aromas of plum, vanillin oak, tobacco and dust. Soft tannins frame flavors of plum, earth, coffee and black pepper. Espresso and black pepper in the finish.

Wine News, September 1, 2003

85 points

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

Deep garnet hue. A touch of smoke leads to aromas of roasted plum, menthol, espresso and cedar. Chalky, chocolatey flavors of blackberry, coffee and dried tobacco. Earthy, alcoholic close.

Wine & Spirits, August 1, 2003

“Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Columbia Valley Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley

Sweet, a little sappy, with varietally correct flavors of melon and litchi.

Wine Enthusiast, August 1, 2003

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Cold Creek may just be the best Riesling vineyard in Washington; in this new vintage, fresh scents of citrus and citrus rind open into melon and tangerine flavors, set against a bit of lively spritz. The finish is long and concentrated.

Wine & Spirits, August 1, 2003

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Cool and supple, this wine benefits from the moderated ripeness of the `99 vintage, its grapes giving firm, structured flavors of the dark fruit. The structure is narrow and straight, with an intriguing acidity; that freshness keeps the fruit transparent while sustaining the floral character of the grapes from the Cold Creek and Weinbau vineyards.

Wine & Spirits, August 1, 2003

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

A steakhouse reserve, this wine needs decanting if you open it now. Air will slowly transform it from an emphasis on oak and rock-hard tannin to a smooth and sleek black-fruit wine. A day later, the oak is still primary, but the tannins have softened a bit, ready for a thick-cut T-bone.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, July 1, 2003

91 points

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

Chateau Ste. Michelle continues its winning ways with Merlot with this rich and deeply filled bottling whose sights are set on sweet oak and perfectly ripened cherries at the start, the finish and all points in between. Flecked with touches of milk chocolate along the way, the wine is plush on the palate despite a rising note of late-arriving tannins. Tempting now by dint of its impressive richness, the wine is built for keeping, and a few years of patience should go a long way in smoothing its closing coarseness.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, July 1, 2003

87 points, “Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Directed by clean, mildly melony fruit and almost wholly devoid of varietal herbaceousness, this well-scrubbed, medium-bodied offering wins endorsement for its careful sense of balance rather than for extract or weighty richness. Ideal as a mate to sundry simple chicken dishes, it comes with the added bonuses of wide availability and a fairly modest price.

California Grapevine, July 1, 2003

89 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, cedar, tarrish, black cherry aroma with notes of green olive and tobacco; full body; tight, somewhat lean, herbal, black cherry fruit flavors with overtones of sweet oak.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2003

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

Bright, juicy and appealing for its clear melon and green mango flavors, echoing on the lively finish

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2003

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

Bright, juicy and appealing for its clear melon and green mango flavors, echoing on the lively finish

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2003

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

Bright and juicy, bursting with fresh blackberry, currant and a touch of spicy oak, all of it echoing beautifully on the finish.

Indian Wells label on bottle