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Wine Spectator, September 15, 1998

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Horse Heaven Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Ripe and appealing for its firm-textured plum, cherry and spice flavors that expand and persist on the generous finish. Tannins are a bit grainy, but this feels like it has plenty of room to grow.

Wine Spectator, September 15, 1998

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Ripe and satiny, layering its plum and blackberry flavors in a lovely swirl of spice and sweet leather on the fine-grained finish.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, September 1, 1998

1 puffs

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Horse Heaven Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Not the most concentrated wine that has issued from this vineyard, it nonetheless shows interesting nuances that start with ripe black cherries and a touch of cedar and extend to dried violets, milk chocolate and vanillin oakiness. Medium-full on the palate and high in oak, the wine is solidly if not boldly fruity, and its balanced, supple and polished palatal impressions add to its inviting stance. It should hold up well in bottle for four to six years at a minimum.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, August 1, 1998

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

Showing the same bent to leanness demonstrated by its two siblings, this bottling is the least generous of the three Ste. Michelle offerings. Its light, mildly citric aromas precede similarly understated flavors that, while marginally fruity, are essentially stunted and underfilled. Clean and crisp, but always wanting for richness, the wine will serve best with appropriately mild foods.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, August 1, 1998

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1996 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Low-keyed elements of green apples and fig-like fruit are countered by a bit of sweet oak in the fresh aromas of this clean, briskly balanced youngster, and while the wine's apple and citrus flavors are pleasant enough, they are comprised presently by an obvious edge of coarse acidity. The ending impressions here are a little thin and dilute overall, yet the wine should see useful service with straightforward snapper and sea bass recipes.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, August 1, 1998

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Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

While its predecessor ranked as one of the better Merlots of 1994, Chateau Ste. Michelle's current Reserve bottling is comparatively restrained in fruit substance and trades heavily on very sweet oak for much of its character. Tasty enough in the near term and capable of a few years of development, it is slightly narrow from front to back and its youthful brightness comes with a bit less of the potency and richness shown by the best rendition of this vintage.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, August 1, 1998

1 puffs

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Horse Heaven Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Making full use of lavish oak, this single vineyard working begins with very rich, impressively fruited aromas that are filled out with elements of sweet vanillin spice. In the mouth, the wine is ripe and coating with medium-deep flavors that echo, but do not quite reach, the richness of the nose. Things draw up a little short at the finish, and while a few years of age are advised, this seems a wine for the mid-term rather than for long cellaring.

California Grapevine, July 1, 1998

87 points, “Highly Recommended”

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

A solidly built, harmonious style, offering plenty of pretty black cherry and currant flavor alongside complimentary herb and tobacco notes.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 1998

85 points

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

Bright and refreshing for its mineral-scented apple flavors that linger softly. Drink now.

Wine Spectator, June 15, 1998

89 points

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

A very pretty red wine, supple in texture, with pools of blueberry, plum and currant flavor extending into a refined finish. Flavors linger impressively.

Wine News, May 1, 1998

88 points

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

Rich aromas of fresh butter and pecans with bold oak impressions. Fresh creamery butter, pear and sof oak flavors in a layered , beautifully balanced structure. Oak notes continue in the lingering close.

Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 1998

85 points

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

Very deep blackish ruby hue. Medium-bodied. Balanced acidity. Highly extracted. Mildly oaked. Quite tannic. Minerals, red fruits. Quite closed and compact with an angular feeling to the lighter-styled palate. Finishes with a wave of astringent tannins.

Wine News, May 1, 1998

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1994 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Subtle nose of black plum, freshly ground coffee, ripe black cherry and cedar. Palate echoes the multifacteted nose with soft tannins blended into a medium body. Long, coating close.

Wine News, May 1, 1998

86 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Soft scents of butter and honey. Tart acids on entry with green apple and buttery oak flavors appearing on mid-palate. Butter flavors persist in the juicy, clean close.

Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 1998

92 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Very deep ruby. Moderately full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Moderately extracted. Moderately oaked. Mildly tannic. Vanilla, red fruits, minerals. Still a bit reigned in, this is light on the palate. Chalky tannins with flavors expanding on the finish.^Best American Merlots 03/01/99 Score 89

Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 1998

90 points

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

Deep blackish ruby. Medium-bodied. Balanced acidity. Moderately extracted. Moderately oaked. Moderately tannic. Black fruits, vanilla, licorice. Aromatic with a light palate and firm structure. Well Balanced though still a bit tight, with a lengthy finish.

Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 1998

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Horse Heaven Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Very deep ruby. Medium-bodied. Balanced acidity. Moderately extracted. Mildly oaked. Mildly tannic. Minerals, red fruits, sweet herbs. Still a bit closed with a touch of austerity. Elegant and well balanced.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, April 1, 1998

1 puffs

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

Selected from a vineyard in the Yakima Valley portion of the larger Columbia Valley appellation, this medium-intensity offering is led by toasty oak scents which enhance the moderately grassy fruit aromas. Medium-full-bodied on the palate and firming appropriately under its somewhat rounded and rich texture, the wine tastes of melons and lemony citrus peel with just a hint of peachy succulence.

Northwest Palate, April 1, 1998

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

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

Toasty, oaky notes in the nose mingle with tropical fruit aromas. Richness explodes on the palate underlining spicy apple and pear flavors. Pleasing, subtle accents of oak balance fruit intensity. A delicious wine.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, April 1, 1998

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1995 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

If initially candied and slightly figgy in aroma, the wine soon develops a dull, grassy, almost cardboardy scent that is more than a little off-putting. Green and acidy on the palate with a touch of residual sugar for roundness, the wine is somewhat short of interest and charm -- even at the price.

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.

Indian Wells label on bottle