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Northwest Palate, October 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Dark ruby color with a gorgeous nose. Black fruit underlined by vanillin oak. Beautiful ripe fruit flavors suggests loganberry and cassis. Opulent character with a long, cinnamon spice finish.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 1999

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

On the crisp side, this is not as supple as previous vintages. Shows fine-grained tannins and juicy acidity around a core of blackberry and cherry, which persist on the firm finish. Best after2001.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 1999

90 points, “Harvey Steiman's Picks of the Top-Scoring Wines from Washington”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Dessert Wine Late Harvest White Riesling Columbia Valley

Light in color but sweet and extraordinarily rich in flavor, piling on the apricot, walnut, vanilla, pear and spice flavors.^ Harvey Steiman's Picks of the Top-Scoring Wines from Washington - reviewed 9/30/99 Washington Special Report

Wine Spectator, September 15, 1999

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

On the lighter side for this vineyard; bright, youthful and appealing for its jazzy pear, spice and vanilla flavors that linger on the brisk, lively finish. ^Also reviewed 9/30/99 Washington Special Report

Wine Spectator, September 15, 1999

92 points, “Harvey Steiman's Picks of the Top-Scoring Wines from Washington/ Top 100 Wines of the Year”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Ripe and intense yet deftly balancing its sharply focused core, coming together on the long, harmonious finish.^ Harvey Steiman's Picks of the Top-Scoring Wines from Washington - reviewed 9/30/99 Washington Special Report^Top 100 Wines of the Year 12/31/99

Wine Spectator, September 15, 1999

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Has a tough edge to the spicy mushroom and cherry flavors, clamoing down on the finish with some formidable tannins. Needs cellaring but it shows promise.^Also Reviewed 9/30/99 in WA Special Report

Wine Spectator, September 15, 1999

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Lithe and polished, nicely proportioned with pretty black cherry and spice flavors that linger enticingly on the smooth finish.^Also reviewed 9/30/99 in WA Special Report

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 1999

92 points

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

Cabernet Franc has become a favorite in the Pacific Northwest because it can survive the hardest winter weather. It's a good match, as this wine shows. Lovely ripe fruit with hints of raspberry and black cherry, just edged by spice and pepper.

Northwest Palate, September 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Semi-dry. Golden hue with slight green highlights. Great nose of stone fruit and apricot nectar. A finesse wine with subtle sweetness and persistent fruit flavors; the fruit really shines through.

Wine News, September 1, 1999

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Mint-infused blakc cherry aromas. Firm black cherry and coffee flavors with leathery tannins. Tangy acids and tannins propel fruit through the finish.

Northwest Palate, September 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Very dark garnet color with smoky, toasty aromas of black fruits. Lush berry/cassis flavors and bright acidity balance chalky tannins.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 1999

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

A refreshing wine with good acidity and bracing citrus and rhubarb fruit. The finish is fairly long and balanced.

Northwest Palate, September 1, 1999

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Slightly sweet. Straw color with aromas of peach, faint apricot, and caramel. Peach flvors with apple fruit acidity. Well-balanced fruit and acids for a long finish.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 1999

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

This wine was fermented in barrel to add complexity yet it has retained a charming fruit character with traces of honeydew melon and citrus.

Northwest Palate, September 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Attractive, fruity bouquet of cassis with some blackberry. Shows piquant and bold flavors of black cherry, vanilla, and sweet spice. Layers of rounded berry flavors with a long, soft finish. Nicely balanced.

Northwest Palate, September 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Dessert Wine Late Harvest White Riesling Columbia Valley

Very sweet. Light green straw with aromas of caramel, peach, and vanilla. On the palate, peach and apricot flavors with a bright acidity balance light brown sugar in the finish.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 1999

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

There's huge juicy fruit in this wine, ripe and balanced against firm tannins, leading to a fairly long finish.

California Grapevine, September 1, 1999

89 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Medium ruby; attractive, rich, spicy, distinctly varietal aroma with notes of vanilla; medium-full body; big, rich, textured, toasty, high-extract flavors with good depth; well structured; lingering aftertaste. Above average quality

Wine Spectator, August 31, 1999

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Fresh and juicy, a light-textured wine with gentle herb notes among the citrus and apple flavors, lingering nicely on the finish.^Also reviewed 9/30/99 in WA Special Report

Wine Enthusiast, August 1, 1999

88 points, “The Best American Merlots 03/01/99”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Bright, saturated ruby red. A lush attack leads a medium-bodied palate with lean tannins. The finish is flavorful and clean.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, August 1, 1999

2 puffs

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

...good values still abound and amoung the best we would count the beautifully balanced, abundantly fruity Chateau Ste Michelle 1997 Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc.

Wine & Spirits, August 1, 1999

90 points, “Exceptional Value - Top Ten Sauvignon Blancs/ 100 Best Values of 1999”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Fresh honeydew melon fruit carries through the silky texture of this sauvignon. It contrasts the fatness and dryness of a seared sea scallop, and holds enough bright acidity to plump up a littleneck clam.^Over the last twelve months, Wine & Spirits tasted 163 sauvignon blancs. The following received the strongest praise from our critics.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, July 14, 1999

2 puffs, “An exceptional wine”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Ran in the LA Times

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, July 1, 1999

2 puffs, “Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Well-ripened citrus and melon-like fruit sits at the heart of this lively youngster, and, while fit with a proper bit of grassiness, oak and scant suggestions of mineral, the wine is once and ever in the "fruit first" camp. Neatly balanced with just the right degree of crisping acids brightening its lengthy finish, it will make a splendid partner to any number of richer shellfish dishes.^Also Reviewed 8/1/99 Best Buys in the Market

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