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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.

The Wine Advocate, December 31, 2002

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The medium to dark ruby-colored 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Canoe Ridge Estate has gorgeous plum, blackberry, and violet aromas. This intense, thick, dense, and concentrated wine is medium to full-bodied and velvety-textured. Assorted dark fruits and spices can be found throughout this extremely well-made wine's personality as well as in its long, structured finish.

The Wine Advocate, December 31, 2002

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

The ruby-colored 1998 Artist Series Meritage (primarily Cabernet Sauvignon) reveals a warm, embracing nose of spices and blackberries. This lovely wine is plush, satin-textured, as well as elegant. Sweet dark berries are intermingled with spices throughout this wine's character and admirably long finish.

The Wine Advocate, December 31, 2002

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The more feminine, delicate, and nuanced 2000 Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard is a juicy, white berry and pear-scented wine. Its oily-textured, medium-bodied character offers minerals and lace-like white fruits in its refined flavor profile.

The Wine Advocate, December 31, 2002

89 points

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

Vanilla, crème brulee, and spices can be found in the aromatics of the 2000 Chardonnay Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard (planted in 1990). This broad, lush wine offers spicy, poached pear flavors intermingled with grilled oak in its silky-textured personality. Medium-bodied, this wine exhibits excellent depth of fruit.

The Wine Advocate, December 31, 2002

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Lively blackberries and cassis can be found in the nose of the 1999 Merlot Cold Creek Vineyard. This firm, extracted wine displays blackberries, cassis, and flavors, reminiscent of freshly laid road tar in its structured personality. Its finish exhibits loads of firm yet ripe tannins.

The Wine Advocate, December 31, 2002

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Medium to dark ruby-colored and sporting a nose of blackberries and moch!, the 1999 Merlot Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard is densely packed with dark berries, cherries, and hints of chocolate. Rich, broad, and structured, this otherwise supple wine exhibits some firm tannin in its finish.

Wine Enthusiast, December 30, 2002

90 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

A top vineyard for Riesling and the source of much of the winery's high end Eroica Riesling fruit. The '01 is medium-dry and leesy, with flavorful richness accented by peach blossom, jasmine and a hint of stone.

Wine Enthusiast, December 30, 2002

88 points

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

This vineyards Cabs have a way of fooling you; very young and tightly wound upon release, they often unfold into glorious Bordeaux-like wines after a decade or so. This is true to form: compact cassis and cherry fruit, hard tannins and some nice espresso highlights exist.

Wine Enthusiast, December 30, 2002

91 points, “Editor's Choice”

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

A wonderful new release from this premier producer. Tasted with the winery's Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, it made an interesting contrast. Both were excellent, but the Indian Wells reached for richer, toastier, rounder and more generous flavors. It's a sure-fire palate pleaser, with a beguiling mix of pink grapefruit, pineapple, mango and apricot flavors.

Wine Enthusiast, December 30, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Cold Creek, which is actually quite a warm site in the Columbia Valley, mixes a crisp, acid-driven backbone with lightly tropical flavors of pineapple and mango. In the middle is a streak of fat butterscotch, leading to a silky finish.

Wine Enthusiast, December 30, 2002

88 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Syrah Columbia Valley

Light and immaculate fruit lifts up this pleasant, pretty red wine. Immediately enjoyable and fresh, it is a fine choice for drinking with poultry and lighter winter meals.

Wine Press Northwest, December 1, 2002

“Outstanding!”

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

Chateau Ste. Michelle gets some of its consistently best wines from this vineyard, and this Cab is no exception. It is loaded with aromas and flavors of cedar, coffee, chocolate and spice with bold berry fruit and rich tannins.

Wine Press Northwest, December 1, 2002

“Outstanding!”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

A classically crafted Chard with lovely butter and understated French oak with plenty of fruit highlights. Apples and dried pineapple notes are backed up adroitly with a touch of residual sugar, but there's plenty of acidity. A pricey Chardonnay best saved for a special dish of prawns.

Restaurant Wine, November 15, 2002

5 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Exceptional Riesling. Medium bodied, off dry, and intensely floral and fruity in character (honeysuckle, apple, peach, toast). Long persistence.

Wine Spectator, November 15, 2002

91 points, “Spectator Selection”

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

Ripe, rich and nicely packed, with blueberry-scented currant and spice flavors, finishing with fine tannins and a wonderful open texture.

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