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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.

Wine Spectator, November 15, 2002

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Syrah Columbia Valley

...nicely balanced to show spicy plum flavors on a lively frame.

Restaurant Wine, November 1, 2002

4 stars

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

Medium rich and complex in style, this is an excellent cabernet, tasting of cherry, blackberry, caramel, and toasted oak. Very long finish. Great value.

Wine Spectator, October 15, 2002

86 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Bright and refreshing, lightly sweet, with lemon, apple and a touch of honey as the flavors echo.

Northwest Palate, October 1, 2002

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

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

Toasty aromas of chocolate, cassis, and mint. Flavors of cassis and toasty oak spice Balance moderate tannins.

Wine & Spirits, October 1, 2002

86 points

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

Smoky and lean, this has a dry, acerbic smokiness, like a rusty nail driven into oak. There's intriguing detail to the flavors, though they're more about soil (minerals and sweaty clay) and oak (butter and cinnamon) than any clearly stated fruit. Grilled salmon may bring out the wines softer side.

Wine & Spirits, October 1, 2002

88 points

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

The oak shows first, with sweet vanilla-bean scents and bitter almond flavors. Then the wine opens, broadens, takes in the western Washington wheat fields and big sky with a red fruit character unusual in chardonnay. Give this a mild chill, then decant it for blanquette de veau.

California Grapevine, October 1, 2002

89 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Medium to medium-dark ruby; pleasant, floral, herbal, plummy, sweet black cherry fruit aroma with notes of tobacco and black pepper; medium-full body; forward, rich , supple, tarrish, ripe black cherry fruit flavors; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste.

Wine & Spirits, October 1, 2002

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

The luxurious texture of this merlot is something the vine creates in the best sites of Columbia Valley – A firm ripeness that coalesces in the tender touch of black, ferrous, grape skin tannins. The texture forms the substrate for deep black cherry fruit, a dark-fleshed, round presence that remains simple in line. Then it closes with a grace note of boysenberry that lifts the finish. A gentle and stylish merlot.

Wine Spectator, September 15, 2002

85 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Firm with a gamy edge to the basic berry flavors, finishing a bit tight and ungenerous. Needs time to open up. Best after 2003. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Outstanding & Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley

A great example of what Northwest Gewürztraminer can be. Nutmeg and pineapple aromas lead to flavors of grapefruit, orange zest and other fruits. It’s a perfectly balanced wine with amazingly crisp acidity that would pair perfectly with Thanksgiving dinner.

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 2002

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Gewürztraminer Columbia Valley

A popular style, fruity and forward, with the emphasis on citrus, grapefruit and apricot qualities. Sweet fruit set against tangy acid makes it a versatile food wine too.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

A crisp, clean wine that offers light aromas and flavors of melons and citrus. Pair this with pasta in a cream sauce or a cheese and fruit plate.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Outstanding!”

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

Consistent excellence is the hallmark of this winery. This outstanding effort offers inviting oak, chocolate and tobacco aromas with delicious dark cherry fruit and smooth, pleasing tannins. Drink now or cellar for a few years.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

This off-dry white offers aromas and flavors of apples, pears, tangerines and orange zest. The crisp acidity gives this lots of food-pairing potential. Try with crab, scallops or baked oysters.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

As usual, you can expect Chateau Ste. Michelle to excel with crisp white wines. It opens with wonderful orchard fruit aromas and flavors with great food-matching potential. Try this one with scallops.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Recommended”

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

A big wine from one of Ste. Michelle’s key vineyards, this opens with toasty oak, vanilla and tropical fruit aromas with oily, buttery and citrus flavors. Plenty of acidity backs up the wine and leads to a tart, seafood-friendly finish.

Wine Press Northwest, September 1, 2002

“Outstanding!”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Chalk up another great wine to the folks at Ste. Michelle. This top wine opens with sweet oak aromas that set you up for a thrilling ride of black currants, ripe plums and smooth tannins. A delicious effort that should pair well with beef, lamb, venison, lasagna and more.

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