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Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended & Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Delicate aromas of melon fruit with grassy, herbal notes in the background. Light-bodied, clean, citrusy, well-balanced, refreshing.

The Wine Advocate, February 1, 2001

90 points

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

Chateau Ste. Michelle continues to impress with their single vineyard Chardonnays. The 1998 Canoe Ridge Estate offers ripe apple, toast, and mineral aromas. It is luscious, opulent, oily-textured, and medium to full-bodied. On the palate, pears, apples , and grilled hazelnuts can be discerned in this long and fruit-forward effort.

The Wine Advocate, February 1, 2001

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The white fruit, flower, and stone-scented 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay shares the same lush texture as the Canoe Ridge, yet is tighter and more focused. Its pear, mineral, and spice-laden personality is medium to full-bodied and persistent in the finish.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 2001

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Barrel toast, mint, and black fruit aromas. Juicy black currant fruit flavors balance youthful astringency. Well balanced in an elegant style.

Wine Spectator, January 31, 2001

92 points

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

Delivers rich complex fruit and structures that will develop over the next six to eight years.

Wine & Spirits, December 1, 2000

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

This wine's bright red fruit flavors are firm and fresh as Rainier cherries. The chalky tannins give it a sophisticated feel, finishing as a clean, simple and lovely wine. A fine value.

Wine Enthusiast, November 15, 2000

90 points

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

Harvested at a lip-smacking 42.5° brix, this seductive wine explodes on the palate with bright grapefruit and citrus flavors, highlighted with sharp acids and finishing with lingering notes of caramel and butter. Long and delicious.

Wine Enthusiast, November 15, 2000

86 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Barrel fermented, with toasty highlights. Despite the new oak, it retains its refreshing green-apple and citrus fruit...

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2000

88 points, “Top White Wines for $15 or Less”

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.

Restaurant Wine, October 1, 2000

5 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Perhapos the best version of this wine we have tasted. It is full bodied and well balanced, with some richness, excellent flavor, and a long, lightly tannic finish. Great Value.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 2000

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Bright and juicy. A lithe mouthful of raspberry, currant and spice flavors that linger on the polished finish.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 2000

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Stylish and graceful, it's light and silky, with pretty blackberry and wild plum notes shining through the modest tannins.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 2000

90 points

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

Has the rich, sweet character of late-harvest Semillon, complete with orange cream, honey, fig and tobacco flavors that last on the finish. A bit cloying, but tasty and very long.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 2000

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Smooth and generous for the vintage, with a distinct gamey note weaving through the cherry and herb flavors on a supple, elegant frame. Refined tannins.

Wine Spectator, September 15, 2000

86 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Ripe and lively. Lightly sweet but jazzy enough in acidity to lift the apple, floral and mineral flavors nicely.

Wine News, September 1, 2000

85 points

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

Fresh, spicy scents of evergreen and blueberry. Very tart and drying with tannic, red fruit flavors. Aggressive tannins impart an astringent note in the youthful finish.

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

Indian Wells label on bottle