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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, April 1, 1998

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

More mild than varietal, this clean, quietly melony wine makes a brief pass at a grassy edge but ultimately winds up farther in the green melon camp than anything more reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc. Always presentable but not the stuff for full commendation, it will show best with lighter fish dishes.

Wine Press Northwest, April 1, 1998

90 points

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

Great balance of fruit and oak that ended with a rich finish. The light tannins of the oak merged perfectly with the fruits of the grapes in this wine, which earned a gold medal at the Tri-City Wine Festival in November.

Wine Spectator, March 31, 1998

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Dessert Wine Late Harvest Semillon Columbia Valley

Rich, almost syrupy with enough bright pear, fig and citrus flavors behind the sweetness to keep it in balance.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, March 1, 1998

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Starting out on a most positive note with rich aromas of cherries, cocoa, sweet oak and a bit of loam, this bottling only partially fulfills its early promise in the mouth as its flavors, while oaky, show a distinct shortfall in fruity depth and extract.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 1998

88 points

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

Bright yellow gold. Medium-bodied. Moderately extracted. Moderately oaked. Toasty aromas lead vanilla and sweet stone fruit flavors with a lingering smoky accent.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 1998

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Off-dry. Floral peach aromas. Balanced, with clean peach and apple flavors. Serve as an aperitif.

Northwest Palate, February 1, 1998

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Sweet aromas of pear and melon. Ripe, sweet full fruit on palate. Lush, fat style with none of the leanness associated with the variety.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 1998

87 points

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

Bright yellow gold luster. Medium-bodied. Highly extracted. Moderately oaked. Aromas of smoke and tropical fruits with a toasty theme through the finish.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 1998

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Full golden straw. Medium-bodied. Highly extracted. Apple aromas with supple acids and a rounded mouthfeel. Lingering brown spice through the finish.

Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 1998

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Bright pale gold. Medium-bodied. Moderately extracted. Vanilla aromas with concentrated stone fruit and citrus flavors persisting through a toasty finish.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, January 1, 1998

“Best Buys in the Market”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Some of the richest, most thoroughly enjoyable wines to have recently come our ways...broad, beautifully balanced Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Meritage.

Restaurant Wine, January 1, 1998

5 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Dessert Wine Late Harvest Semillon Columbia Valley

Intensely flavored, medium sweet, and well balanced; it has honey, fresh apple, and pineapple flavors, and a very long finish.

California Grapevine, January 1, 1998

91 points, “Best Wines of 1996”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

California Grapevine, January 1, 1998

90 points, “Best Wines of 1997”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Northwest Palate, December 1, 1997

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

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

A lovely wine from its clean ruby color to a long finish of fruit and spice. Fragrant in the nose with blackberry fruit and spicy hints of pepper and cinnamon. Very elegant and stylish. Pairs well with lamb chops or a pepper steak.

Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 1997

89 points

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

Bright crimson red appearance. Medium-bodied. Moderately extracted. Moderately tannic. Vanilla, red cherries. Attractive vanilla aromas lead a ripe, rounded palate with bright fruity flavors tapering to slightly astringent finish.

Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 1997

90 points, “Cellar Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Ethos Columbia Valley Meritage Columbia Valley

Saturated cherry red with purple highlights. Medium-bodied. Highly extracted. Moderately tannic. Vanilla, ripe cherries, cassis, chocolate. Chocolatey ripe aromas lead a concentrated palate with full ripe flavors and fine-grained tannins coming through on the finish. Impressively structured.

Northwest Palate, December 1, 1997

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Melon and a hint of grass in the nose. A very clean, brisk wine of citrus and apple flavors. Outstanding balance and great finesse. A good choice for baked rock fish or shrimp and rice dishes.

Wine & Spirits, December 1, 1997

88 points

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

Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 1997

91 points, “Cellar Selection”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Dark crimson red with subtle purple highlights. Moderately full-bodied. Highly extracted. Moderately tannic. Toasted oak, brown spice, cassis, black fruits. Toasty, restrained nose hints at richness that comes through on the palate. Fine-textured mouthfeel. Rich, layered tannins taper through the finish. Big in all departments, with great structure.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, December 1, 1997

“Best of the Pacific Northwest”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Geography Awards Section

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, December 1, 1997

3 puffs, “An exceptional wine. Worth a special search of the market.”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

If the first impression of this wine is of an extraordinarily lovely, rich Merlot, the subsequent impressions are even more stunning as the wine opens to a deep, complex yet youthfully vital aroma redolent of black cherries, currants, sweet spices, black tea and creamy oak. Medium-full in body and beautifully balanced in its layered suppleness and muscular underbelly, this exceptionally poised and polished offering combines depth of fruit and growing complexity in a wine whose future holds even more riches to come.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, December 1, 1997

“Best of the Best”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 1997

85 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Deep garnet red color. Medium-bodied. Moderately extracted. Quite tannic. Plums, currants, minerals, brown spice. Rich, ripe black fruit aromas are confirmed on the palate. Some tough angular tannins come through on the finish giving an assertive character. Best with rich foods.

Indian Wells label on bottle