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Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2002

89 points, “Exceptional Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

On first blush, this is a big, honkin' cabernet, all fruit, a simple blast made to please a crowd. But on closer inspection, there's harmony to the wine, cool and temperate, not at all overripe, with a structure that will benefit from development over time.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 1, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Ever so slightly tighter and firmer in its basics than Ste. Michelle's Indian Wells bottling, this one too trades in ripe cherry fruit and plentiful oak. Caramel and vanilla are part and parcel of the mix here, and so too does somewhat abrupt astringency make itself known, but the youthfully energetic and still developing fruit stays the course and suggests that this one can get better and better.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2002

90 points

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

From an exceptional vineyard site high above the Columbia River, this wine is a dark, potent and heady mix of toasty, earthy aromas and forward fruit. Flavors of licorice, moch! and cedar mix into the sassy finish. Overall it's a user-friendly, open and powerful style.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2002

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Not quite as dense as recent vintages, this is nonetheless sharply defined, with tart red berries and cherries underscored with baker's chocolate. The tannins are hard and the wine, as is generally true with this vineyard, needs considerable aging to reveal its full pleasures.

Wine Press Northwest, June 1, 2002

“Outstanding”

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

There's little wonder that Canoe Ridge is one of this winery's star vineyards. This creamy Merlot offers luscious fruit, vanilla and oak nuances and a memorable farewell.

Wine Spectator, May 31, 2002

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Lithe, spicy style layers a touch of toasty oak on citrusy pear flavors, echoing nicely on the finish.

Wine Spectator, May 31, 2002

87 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Bright and fruity offering from a reliable producer, its pretty citrus and nectarine flavors edged with spice from barrel fermentation, finishing with zingy acidity.

Wine Spectator, May 15, 2002

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Polished and generous with its spicy oak-scented cherry and plum flavors, which echo attractively on the finish.

Wine Spectator, May 15, 2002

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Soft, almost plush, with pretty plum and berry fruit under a veil of fine-grained tannins and spicy oak, the flavors echoing with a touch of black pepper on the finish.

Wine Spectator, May 15, 2002

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Rich and deep, with impressively concentrated plum, currant and floral-herbal aromas and flavors that last nicely on the fine-grained finish.

Wine Spectator, May 15, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Seductive, polished and plump in texture, with ripe blueberry, plum and currant wrapped together with spicy oak notes.

Wine Spectator, May 15, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Wine Spectator, May 15, 2002

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Supple, almost plush in texture, with a refreshing core of pear and pineapple flavors, shaded with hints of almond and spice. Finishes with harmony.

Wine Spectator, May 15, 2002

91 points, “Spectator Selections”

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

Rich, round and generous with its ripe blackberry, cherry and sweet spice flavors, which echo beautifully on the velvety finish.

Wine Spectator, May 15, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Ripe and focused, distinctive for its wild cherry and herbal flavors, broadening out nicely as the flavors keep pumping through the firm-textured finish.

California Grapevine, May 1, 2002

86 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, plummy, spicy, ripe black currant and black cherry fruit aroma with overtones of vanilla and sweet oak; full body; big, rich, concentrated, textured, cedary, black cherry fruit flavors; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Easy to drink now.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, May 1, 2002

89 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

A wine of careful composition, this polished Chardonnay leads with ripe, well-defined apple-like fruit and is filled out with an ample dose of vanilla and toasty oak spice that lends richness without challenging the wine's essential themes of fruit. Nicely balanced and moderately weighty in feel, this one can serve as a foil to richer poultry fare and should hold up to two or three years of cellaring.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, May 1, 2002

“Good Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

...delivers a good bit of friendly fruit and sports fine balance. It is rounded to start and crisps up nicely on the latter palate, and ...It is also easy to quaff and easy to like at the price.

Restaurant Wine, April 1, 2002

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

One of the best bottlings of this wine we've tasted. It is supple, riplely flavored, well balanced, and lightly oaky; a Merlot tasting of black currant, cherry, toast, vanilla, and cedar. Long finish.

Wine & Spirits, April 1, 2002

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

A firm line of acidity creates a clean delineation for this wine, checking the fleshiness of the melon fruit center, lifting the lime juice cleanly in the finish. It's big yet firm, ready for escargots.

Northwest Palate, April 1, 2002

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Berry, toast, and cassis aromas. Big and bold flavor profile of ripe berry and plum fruit balances youthful tannins. Good value.

Northwest Palate, April 1, 2002

3 grape clusters, “Exceptional”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Indian Wells Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Plum fruit, vanilla, and cedar in the nose. Flavors of chocolaty barrel toast and ripe cassis flavors envelop ripe, youthful tannins. Concentrated, with a long finish....

Restaurant Wine, April 1, 2002

4 stars

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Nearly dry, quite fruity, and medium rich; an excellent Sauvignon, with grapey, herbal, floral aromas/flavors and a medium long finish.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, April 1, 2002

92 points, “Best Buys in the Market”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

While too many employ the term "reserve" in an all too haphazard way, this deep, well-stuffed, persuasively fruity and handsomely oaked wine displays the kind of range and richness to fully earn the moniker. It leads with moderately intense aromas of raspberries, currants and sweet spice, and it follows with like-minded flavors that exhibit good concentration and persistence.

Indian Wells label on bottle