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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

Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 1999

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Dark ruby hue with a violet cast. Muted aromas show an anise and dark-chocolate note. A firm entry leads a moderately full-bodied palate with inky flavors. Nice finish. Should age well.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 1999

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Dessert Wine Late Harvest White Riesling Columbia Valley

Light and sweet, with pretty lime and meringue flavors and tart acidity on the finish.^Also reviewed 9/30/99 in Washington Special Report

Northwest Palate, June 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

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

Camphor, mint, graham, and blackberry in the nose. Warm, spicy, chocolaty flavors balance youthful tannins. Long finish of berry fruit and toasty oak.

Northwest Palate, June 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

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

Dark ruby color. Aromas of berry and plum fruit with notes of cedar in the background. Tannic on the palate with rich, jammy fruit flavors and a long, spicy finish.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 1999

85 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Bright purple red to the rim. Subdued earth and black-fruit aromas show a subtle wood accent. A soft attack leads to a moderately full-bodied palate with velvety tannins. Lush, earthy finish.

Wine Spectator, May 31, 1999

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Ethos Columbia Valley Meritage Columbia Valley

Ripe and round, with firm tannins underpinning the smoky, gamy blackberry and currant flavors. Needs cellaring to smooth the edges; best from 2001 through 2006. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.^Also reviewed 9/30/99 in Washington Special Report

Decanter, May 1, 1999

4 stars, “Highly Recommended”

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

Small, dark berry fruit, nice cigar-box, and stalky notes; opulent, concentrated, lovely length; natural tannins supporting - promising.

Wine News, May 1, 1999

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Ethos Columbia Valley Meritage Columbia Valley

Shy aromas of red berry and tobacco. Woody entry evolves as supple fruit gains ground. Elegant flavors of strawberry and cherry, subtle chocolate and tobacco spice. Pepper notes mark the close.

California Grapevine, May 1, 1999

84 points, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Medium-dark ruby; pleasant, herbal, toasty, slightly pruney aroma with overtones of creamy oak; medium-full body; soft, herbal, cherry fruit flavors; medium-full to full tannin; tart finish; slightly lingering aftertaste. Above average quality.

Decanter, May 1, 1999

3 stars, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Liquorice and melon aromas; zesty, lemony notes on the palate going to ripe grapefruit; smooth, with acid cutting through nicely.

Decanter, May 1, 1999

4 stars, “Highly Recommended”

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

Smooth, velvety tannins, round, integrated, but with the structure and fruit to last; oak, berries, plums.

Northwest Palate, April 1, 1999

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

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

Citrusy aroma of grapefruit and lime. Juicy on the palate, with light-bodied flavors of sweet grapefruit, peach, and light herb. Serve with shellfish.

Restaurant Wine, April 1, 1999

4 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Northwest Palate, April 1, 1999

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Very pale straw. Melon fruit, talc, and winter savory aroma. Light-bodied flavors of melon and pear fruit with light peach and citrus in the finish. Balanced, fruity style complements ham or turkey.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Deep, closed aroma hinting at blackberry/plum fruit and toasty oak. Rich and concentrated flavors of blackberry/plum on the palate. Tight and tannic; cellar 3-5 years for softer tannins.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Ethos Columbia Valley Meritage Columbia Valley

Initially closed-in aroma opens to ripe berry fruit and light cedar notes. Mouth-filling, juicy flavors of berry fruit and chocolate. Bright acidity balances soft tannins; cellar 2-3 years for integration.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 1, 1999

1 puffs

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

Sweet, slightly peachy fruit outpaces vanillin oak and a note of herbs in the ripe, open aromas, and the themes of peaches and melons are picked up again in the tasty but uncomplicated flavors.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 1999

92 points

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

Bright yellow golden cast. Moderately full-bodied. Full acidity. Moderately extracted. Mildly oaked. Minerals, brown spices. Aromatically reserved with a firm and concentrated palate. Opens up toward the finish with a hint of oak. Should develop further with some short-to mid-term cellaring.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Off-dry. Nectarine fruit aroma with a hint of toast. Juicy, ripe peach flavors. Long, persistent finish with impressions of apricot. Match with spicy crab cakes.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, February 1, 1999

1 puffs, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Sporting a pleasant marriage of melons, lemons, sweet oak and subtle grassiness in both its aromas and forthright flavors, this carefully balanced, medium-bodied effort (is) easy to like.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 1999

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Bright yellow straw cast. Moderately full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Moderately extracted. Mildly oaked. Brown spices, minerals, citrus. Generous aromatics feature a hint of oak. Firm and flavorful in the mouth, with a core of steely fruit flavors that persist through a lengthy, vibrant finish.

Indian Wells label on bottle