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Northwest Palate, January 31, 2000

3 grape clusters, “Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Northwest Palate, January 31, 2000

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Black fruits and light barrel toast in the nose. Berry fruit flavors and toasty oak balance moderate tannins into a lingering finish. Serve with mushroom lasagna.

Northwest Palate, January 31, 2000

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Smoky aroma with plum fruit and vanilla notes. Full-bodied and intense berry fruit flavors balance moderate tannins. Long, concentrated fruit finish. Pair with duck confit.

Wine & Spirits, January 1, 2000

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2004 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

This wine's heady peppercorn scents mingle with the roasted nuts and rosemary. It's concentrated and deep on the palate, the flavors needing time to meld and form. Give it a year in the cellar, then serve with roast lamb.

The Wine Advocate, January 1, 2000

91 points, “An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. I consider these to be terrific wines.”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The [ruby colored] 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard is ... intense, complex, and powerful. Seemingly sporting more alcohol than the Cold Creek (the label lists them both as being 13.5%), this wine has overt blackberry aromas. Lovely layers of cassis, black cherries and blackberries are found in its velvety textured, medium-to-full bodied personality. At its peak between 2002 and 2007+.

The Wine Advocate, January 1, 2000

91 points, “An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. I consider these to be terrific wines.”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The 1997 Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard has a Chablis-like nose and a flavor character reminiscent of Meursault. It exhibits minerally, smoky, leesy scents intermingled with sweet white fruits. This medium-to-full bodied, oily-textured offering is well-structured and filled with almonds, hazelnuts, and pears. Projected maturity now-2005+.

The Wine Advocate, January 1, 2000

90 points, “An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. I consider these to be terrific wines.”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The 1997 Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard offers lovely aromas of yellow fruits, toast, lees and a hint of orange marmalade. Medium-to-full bodied and well-balanced, this Burgundian-styled wine displays flavors of white peaches and ripe pears. In its personality as well as stone-like notes in its long, supple finish. Drink it over the next 5+ years.

The Wine Advocate, January 1, 2000

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

While [the 1997 Cold Creek Chardonnay and the 1997 Canoe Ridge Chardonnay] were highly expressive, the 1997 Chardonnay was much more structured and reserved. Its muted aromatics and unyielding personality permitted a glimpse of this wine's harmonious white fruit and floral profile. It is extremely well-balanced, medium-to-full-bodied glycerin-packed, and in need of cellaring. Ultimately, if prior vintages are any indication, this wine may develop to outshine its two brethren. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2006+.

The Wine Advocate, January 1, 2000

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The Wine Advocate, January 1, 2000

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Dessert Wine Late Harvest White Riesling Columbia Valley

Each year Chateau Ste Michelle fashions a delicious and ageworthy Late Harvest White Riesling. The 1997 may not be as long-lived as most previous vintages of this wine, yet it is more forward and generous. Raspberry jam, flowers, and candied oranges are discernable in its expressive aromatics. Medium-bodied, rich, and broad, this well-balanced wine is crammed with red and yellow fruits as well as flavors reminiscent of fruit punch. It is thick and possesses a long, sweet (yet not cloying) finish. Projected maturity now-2007.

The Wine Advocate, January 1, 2000

89 points, “A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws.”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Chateau Ste Michelle's 1996 Merlot Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard blows away the overwhelming majority of similarly priced California Merlots. This ruby-colored wine's aromatics are dominated by blackcherries and rose-like scents. This seamless wine has an appealingly soft texture, medium body, and an elegant, structured character. Red and black fruits are found in its tasty flavor profile as well as throughout its supple finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.

The Wine Advocate, December 31, 1999

89 points

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

The ruby-colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Cold Creek Vineyard offers aromas of perfumed blackberries. Its broad character is penetrating, expressive, and filled with black fruits as well as traces of freshly laid road tar.

Northwest Palate, December 1, 1999

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Off-dry. Pungent aroma of apricot and peach. Fresh grapes and apricot flavors balance slight sweetness into a lingering finish suggesting grapefruit.

Wine Spectator, November 15, 1999

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Soft, slightly sweet and appealing for its delicate nectarine and citrus flavors that linger on the smooth finish.^Also reviewed 9/30/2000 WA Special Report

Wine Enthusiast, November 15, 1999

89 points, “Top 200 Wine Values 1999”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

This Washington producer consistently puts out good-value wines. This one's the least expensive of the group but belongs with the big boys because of the delicious plummy, blackberry fruit. It'll be lovely and appealing over the next six years.

Northwest Palate, October 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Very dark garnet color with smoky, toasty aromas of black fruits. Lush berry/cassis flavors and bright acidity balance chalky tannins.

Northwest Palate, October 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Attractive, fruity bouquet of cassis with some blackberry. Shows piquant and bold flavors of black cherry, vanilla, and a sweet spice. Layers of rounded berry flavors with a long, soft finish. Nicely balanced.

Northwest Palate, October 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Dessert Wine Late Harvest White Riesling Columbia Valley

Light green straw with a romas of caramel, peach, and vanilla. On the palate,

Wine & Spirits, October 1, 1999

91 points, “100 Best Wines of 1999”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Dessert Wine Late Harvest White Riesling Columbia Valley

This riesling held onto its freshness with a spark of spice and the coolness of spring water on slate. Botrytis creates a buzz of wildflower honey scents and a smoky richness that lasts. The flavor is concentrated yet tense, promising several years of evolution ahead.

Wine & Spirits, October 1, 1999

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Bright with vibrant flavor and the ripe sweetness of merlot as grown in this eastern Columbia Valley vineyard. It's plush and super-concentrated with red cherry flavor, friendly yet structured with light, cocoa-scented tannins.

Northwest Palate, October 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Dark ruby color with a gorgeous nose. Black fruit underlined by vanillin oak. Beautiful ripe fruit flavors suggests loganberry and cassis. Opulent character with a long, cinnamon spice finish.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 1999

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

On the crisp side, this is not as supple as previous vintages. Shows fine-grained tannins and juicy acidity around a core of blackberry and cherry, which persist on the firm finish. Best after2001.

Wine Spectator, September 30, 1999

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

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Dessert Wine Late Harvest White Riesling Columbia Valley

Light in color but sweet and extraordinarily rich in flavor, piling on the apricot, walnut, vanilla, pear and spice flavors.^ Harvey Steiman's Picks of the Top-Scoring Wines from Washington - reviewed 9/30/99 Washington Special Report

Wine Spectator, September 15, 1999

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

On the lighter side for this vineyard; bright, youthful and appealing for its jazzy pear, spice and vanilla flavors that linger on the brisk, lively finish. ^Also reviewed 9/30/99 Washington Special Report

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