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California Grapevine, January 1, 1999

86 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Ethos Columbia Valley Meritage Columbia Valley

Medium to medium-dark ruby; pleasant, floral, spicy, ripe red currant, cherry fruit aroma with notes of vanilla; medium-full body; slightly rough, cedary, herbal, berry fruit flavors; medium to medium-full tannin; slightly tart on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Above average quality. Highly recommended,

California Grapevine, January 1, 1999

88 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Medium ruby; subdued, herbal, spicy, black cherry fruit aroma; medium-full body; big, rough, textured, concentrated, herbal, cedary, cherry fruit flavors; medium-full tannin; rough on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Above average quality. Highly recommended.

California Grapevine, January 1, 1999

89 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Horse Heaven Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Medium ruby; attractive, herbal, toasty, dusty, blackberry and raspberry fruit aroma with hints of pencil shavings and vanilla; medium-full body; rich, plummy, supple, vanilla-laced, berry fruit flavors; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Above average quality. Highly recommended.

Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 1998

94 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Horse Heaven Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Bright purple- red. Moderately full-bodied. Highly extracted. Moderately tannic. Vanilla, ripe black cherries. Perfumed, oak-accented nose. Fleshy, primary fruit flavors upfront give way to silky tannins that progress through a dry finish. Intense and generous.

Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 1998

95 points, “Top 100 Wines of the Year”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

TOP 100 WINES OF THE YEAR Bright, primary Cabernet aromas show through on the nose and follow up on the palate, with supple tannins on the finish and fine, mineral intensity throughout. Nice now, though this will age further.

Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 1998

94 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Deep violet red. Moderately full-bodied. Moderately extracted. Moderately tannic. Cassis, mineral, oak spice. Supremely elegant aromas reveal a sumptuously textured, intense palate with a degree of persistence and length on the finish that shows its class. Very nice now, though has all the elements to age further.

Wine Spectator, December 15, 1998

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

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Smooth and juicy, with black cherry and blackberry fruit sliding gently over the supple structure, echoing fruit and chocolate on the finish. Stylish, with immediate appeal and more going on with each sip. Drink now through 2002.^Harvey Steiman's Picks of the Top-Scoring Wines from Washington - reviewed 9/30/99 Washington Special Report

Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 1998

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Dark purple-red. Medium-bodied. Moderately extracted. Moderately tannic. Cassis, oak spice. Generous aromas. Textured and rich, with polished flavors and powdery tannins. Shows a textbook Cabernet character.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, December 1, 1998

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Sweet, slightly jammy aromas of plums, cherry and chocolate are echoed in character, if not intensity, by the ripe, medium-deep flavors of this slightly fleshy, medium-full-bodied offering. Showing lots of immediacy and accessible appeal early on, the wine tails off a bit to an astringent, acid-edged finish that contrasts its smoother beginnings. Worth another look after three or four years, it needs better integration of itsparts to win endorsement.

Restaurant Wine, December 1, 1998

4 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle is finally establishing itself as one of the country's best red wine producers. These are (both) excellent wines: The Cold Creek in a full, supple, mildly tannic style (with ripe charry and cassis fruit character).

Northwest Palate, December 1, 1998

3 grape clusters, “Exceptional”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Inviting bouquet of blackberry and spice. Rich, ripe fruit on the palate with suggestions of white pepper, tobacco, and cedar. Very elegant in a Bordeaux style. Drinkable now but could develop additional complexity in the cellar. Clearly a wine for roast game birds or veal with a reduced wine sauce.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, December 1, 1998

1 puffs

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Ethos Columbia Valley Meritage Columbia Valley

Restraint rather than drama is the keynote here as this clean, neatly balanced wine delivers lots of bright, raspberry-scented fruit in the nose with deft touches of sweet oak and vanillin spice working to fill out its direct, easy-to-access flavors. Relatively light in tannin, but given extra length by its well-placed acidity, the wine is tasty now and should improve slightly over the next three or four years.

Northwest Palate, December 1, 1998

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Pale-green straw color. Aroma of cream, lees, and spicy (cedar) toast with a faint hint of banana. Lean, clean, toasty, and balanced on the palate. Medium-bodied, with a vein of sweet apple fruit and a butterscotch aftertaste. Overall intense and complex. Serve with seared scallops in a saffron broth.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, December 1, 1998

1 puffs

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Lovely oak both enriches this wine as well as stealing a bit of the spotlight from its attractive, but less-boldly-stated themes of ripe cherries, and, in the immediate term, a healthy dollop of finishing tannins further limits the expressio! of fruit. The future, however, is where this one will show its best, and while not so muscular as some, it has sufficient depth and the proper balance to guarantee anywhere from three to six years of steady improvement.

Restaurant Wine, December 1, 1998

5 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste. Michelle is finally establishing itself as one of the country's best red wine producers. These are (both) excellent wines: The Meritage blend in a more complex and intensely fruity style. It is full bodied, moderately rich, and extremely fruity in character (black currant, cherry), with grapey, floral overtones.

Northwest Palate, December 1, 1998

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Very dark purple garnet. Toasty aroma with faint eucalyptus and plum fruit. Big, juicy, lush black fruit with a long toasty finish. Rich with soft tannins; serve with osso buco.

Northwest Palate, December 1, 1998

“Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Deep, garnet color. Full, intense nose of blackberry and spicy oak with a hint of cedar. Flavors are equally bold with just a slight green note around the edges. Deft use of oak to balance the big fruit. Pair with a peppercorn New York steak or lamb chops.

Restaurant Wine, December 1, 1998

5 stars, “Exceptional”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The best version of this wine in years from this winery. It is complex, medium rich, full bodied, and long on the palate, with well-integrated fruit (raspberry, cherry) and oak (cedar, vanilla, tobacco). Exceptional.

Northwest Palate, December 1, 1998

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Light straw color. Toasty, new wood aroma with hints of talc and butter. Angular flavors of Asia pear and new wood. Nice streak of ripe fruit; needs 6 months to a year for flavors to meld.

Restaurant Wine, December 1, 1998

4 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Rich yet stylish, this is a fine Merlot, with intense fruitiness (loganberry, black currant), firm acidity, and evident new oak character (cedar, vanilla). Very long finish.

Northwest Palate, December 1, 1998

3 grape clusters, “Exceptional”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Ruby hues with soft highlights. Engaging fruit aromas with underlying spice. Very appealing flavors of plum, loganberry, and slight hints of chocolate. A superior example of Washington Merlot at the top of its form. Lamb stew and this wine on a winter's eve would be ideal.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, December 1, 1998

1 puffs

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

While Merlot is often seen as a fat and open wine for near-term consumption, this solid, somewhat closed-in effort reminds of the grape's potential for age. Lightly loamy with glints of dusty spice, cocoa and vanilla joining its underplayed fruit, the wine is tight and trim in structure with a proper bit of tannin for grip, and five to seven years of cellaring should allow it to bloom fully.

Wine Spectator, November 15, 1998

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Firm in structure, but open-textured enough to let its currant, plum and gentle herb flavors cascade beautifully through the tasty finish. Has plenty of character. Needs a bit of cellaring to soften the edges.

Wine Spectator, November 15, 1998

91 points, “Spectator Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Smooth and silky, this outstanding Washington white is a lovely mouthfulof peach, spice, pear, honey and vanilla, wrapped up harmoniously and elegantly. It's tempting now, will be best from 1999 through 2002.

Indian Wells label on bottle