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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.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2003

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Beautifully polished and lithe, with lovely plum and currant flavors that persist into a long, firm-textured finish, shaded by hints of white pepper and cream. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with Cabernet Franc.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2003

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Soft, round and generous, a lovely mouthful of currant, plum, coffee and spice flavors, echoing nicely on the fine, polished finish.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2003

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Soft, round and generous, a lovely mouthful of currant, plum, coffee and spice flavors, echoing nicely on the fine, polished finish.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2003

88 points, “Smart Buy & Recommended Wine From Washington”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Plump and juicy, with plum and currant flavors up front, framed with fine-grained tannins and a touch of white pepper on the softly herbal finish.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2003

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Tangy, juicy, distinctive for its nectarine and grapefruit flavors and the subtlety with which it all melds nicely into a creamy finish, echoing beautifully.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2003

88 points, “Smart Buy & Recommended Wine From Washington”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Supple and juicy texture features creamy pear and white pepper flavors, which echo pleasantly on the finish.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2003

88 points

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

On the light side, with nicely focused currant and cherry aromas and flavors on a firm frame. Polished Finish.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, April 1, 2003

94 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

This tasty duo from Chateau Ste. Michelle has us scratching our heads trying to establish a pecking order between them. This one is a dazzling mix of round, lush, deep fruit filled out from front to back with creamy oak. It is outgoing in aroma and very well-stuffed in flavor with virtually no dropoff at the end despite a bit of latter palate tannin. Early enjoyment is wholly appropriate, yet the wine will age famously if allowed to sit quietly in the cellar. One minor observable difference between these two beauties is the somewhat greater polish leading to an elevated sense of elegance in this wine.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, April 1, 2003

92 points, “Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Yet another masterpiece from this remarkable producer, the Cabernet Reserve is every bit as rich and compelling as the Meritage. Its fruit is perhaps a bit less juicy, as befits a young Cabernet, but its structure is quite similar in its supple, polished passage across the palate although a touch of extra finishing tannin separates it from the Meritage in texture. All in all, this exceptional bottling is about as good as it gets in Cabernet Sauvignon in this price level

California Grapevine, February 28, 2003

“Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Syrah Columbia Valley

Medium-dark purplish ruby; tight, slightly herbaceous, leathery, plummy, smoky, toasty, dark berry fruit aroma; medium-full to full body; tight, herbal, green olive and dark berry fruit flavors; medium-full to full tannin

Northwest Palate, January 1, 2003

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Perfumed vanilla and berry fruit aromas. Light mint and berry fruit on the palate balance youthful tannins.

Northwest Palate, January 1, 2003

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Light herb, citrus, and toast aromas. Melon and citrus flavors balance light toast. At once crisp and juicy in the finish.

California Grapevine, January 1, 2003

“Highly Recommended”

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

Attractive, forward, spicy, buttery, ripe tropical fruit aroma with notes of vanilla and butterscotch; full body; rich, plush, toasty, tropical fruit and green apple flavors with good balance and structure; lingering aftertaste.

California Grapevine, January 1, 2003

“Highly Recommended”

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

Attractive, forward, spicy, buttery, ripe tropical fruit aroma with notes of vanilla and butterscotch; full body; rich, plush, toasty, tropical fruit and green apple flavors with good balance and structure; lingering aftertaste.

Northwest Palate, January 1, 2003

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

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

Aromas of plum, berry, and barrel toast. Sweet barrel toast and bright berry fruit flavors finish on a warm, tannic note. Long caramel oak and berry fruit finish.

The Wine Advocate, December 31, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Blackberries, spices, asphalt, and grilled oak aromas can be discerned in the nose of the medium to dark ruby-colored 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard. A backward wine, it appears more extracted than the Chateau Ste. Michelle's reds in previous vintages. Concentrated, thick, and dense, it reveals cassis, blackberry and licorice flavors in its juicy yet firm personality. Projected maturity: 2006-2014.

Indian Wells label on bottle