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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

Wine Spectator, September 15, 1999

92 points, “Harvey Steiman's Picks of the Top-Scoring Wines from Washington/ Top 100 Wines of the Year”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Ripe and intense yet deftly balancing its sharply focused core, coming together on the long, harmonious finish.^ Harvey Steiman's Picks of the Top-Scoring Wines from Washington - reviewed 9/30/99 Washington Special Report^Top 100 Wines of the Year 12/31/99

Wine Spectator, September 15, 1999

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Has a tough edge to the spicy mushroom and cherry flavors, clamoing down on the finish with some formidable tannins. Needs cellaring but it shows promise.^Also Reviewed 9/30/99 in WA Special Report

Wine Spectator, September 15, 1999

88 points

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

Lithe and polished, nicely proportioned with pretty black cherry and spice flavors that linger enticingly on the smooth finish.^Also reviewed 9/30/99 in WA Special Report

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 1999

92 points

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

Cabernet Franc has become a favorite in the Pacific Northwest because it can survive the hardest winter weather. It's a good match, as this wine shows. Lovely ripe fruit with hints of raspberry and black cherry, just edged by spice and pepper.

Northwest Palate, September 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Semi-dry. Golden hue with slight green highlights. Great nose of stone fruit and apricot nectar. A finesse wine with subtle sweetness and persistent fruit flavors; the fruit really shines through.

Wine News, September 1, 1999

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Mint-infused blakc cherry aromas. Firm black cherry and coffee flavors with leathery tannins. Tangy acids and tannins propel fruit through the finish.

Northwest Palate, September 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.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 1999

88 points

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

A refreshing wine with good acidity and bracing citrus and rhubarb fruit. The finish is fairly long and balanced.

Northwest Palate, September 1, 1999

1 grape clusters, “Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Slightly sweet. Straw color with aromas of peach, faint apricot, and caramel. Peach flvors with apple fruit acidity. Well-balanced fruit and acids for a long finish.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 1999

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1997 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

This wine was fermented in barrel to add complexity yet it has retained a charming fruit character with traces of honeydew melon and citrus.

Northwest Palate, September 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 sweet spice. Layers of rounded berry flavors with a long, soft finish. Nicely balanced.

Northwest Palate, September 1, 1999

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

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

Very sweet. Light green straw with aromas of caramel, peach, and vanilla. On the palate, peach and apricot flavors with a bright acidity balance light brown sugar in the finish.

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