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Northwest Palate, August 1, 2002

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Syrah Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Deep aromas of blueberry, graham, and plum fruit. Bold, ripe plum fruit flavors balance ripe, youthful tannins. Cellar up to 3 years for additional complexity. Good Value.

Northwest Palate, August 1, 2002

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Cassis and cedar aromas. Full-bodied, almost sweet flavors of cassis, chocolate, and mint. Long, rich but tight finish of currant fruit balances youthfully harsh tannins; cellar 3-5 years for softer tannins and additional complexity.

Northwest Palate, August 1, 2002

2 grape clusters, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Dark garnet color. Cedar, mace, and berry fruit in the nose. Warm, bright, and juicy on the palate, with flavors of red currants. Sweet barrel toast in the finish balances soft, ripe tannins. Pair with pepper steak.

Wine Spectator, July 31, 2002

85 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Very pretty aromas, offering floral apple and quince; more straightforward in flavor, finishing mostly dry.

Wine Spectator, July 31, 2002

85 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

Bright and fruity, with a tangy, citrusy edge to the pear and almond flavors.

Wine Spectator, July 31, 2002

85 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Riesling Columbia Valley

Bright and fruity, striking a nice balance among the peaches and cream flavors, lively acidity and touch of sweetness.

Wine Spectator, July 31, 2002

89 points

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

Soft and spicy up front, with lots of nutmeg and pepper dancing around the pear and melon fruit at the core, ending with tangy acidity and a spicy oak note.

California Grapevine, July 1, 2002

86 points, “Highly Recommended”

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

Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, intense, toasty, ripe pear and green apple aroma with hints of grapefruit and overtones of creamy oak; medium-full to full body; forward, rich, rounded, toasty, citrus and green apple flavors; lingering aftertaste.

Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

...accessible, made in a powerful, lush style with softer fruit and more obvious new oak. Fleshy, full-bodied and showing lively spice, it's a drink-me-now pleasure.

Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 2002

89 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Columbia Valley Chardonnay Columbia Valley

A big and friendly wine, with plenty of forward fruit mingling flavors of citrus, apples and pears. There is a nice blast of vanilla too, the only obvious sign of new oak aging, but the impression overall is of crisp, clean elegance.

California Grapevine, July 1, 2002

85 points, “Highly Recommended”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Medium-dark ruby; attractive, spicy, leathery, oaky, blackberry fruit aroma; medium-full body; tight, herbal, cedary, leathery, peppery. Jammy black cherry flavors; full tannin; dry finish; lingering aftertaste.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, July 1, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Reserve Syrah Columbia Valley

Very much in the winery style, this wine contains all the expected pieces without ever giving itself over to ripeness or excess. High in concentrated raspberry and blackberry fruitiness and enriched by sweet oak, its aromas and flavors are allowed an extra bit of room by the wine's somewhat open finish.

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2002

85 points, “Best Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2001 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Lively, tangy and distinctive for its lemon and fresh straw character, which culminates in a tart, lemon-drop finish.

Restaurant Wine, June 1, 2002

4 stars, “Excellent”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Round, full bodied, nearly dry, and well balanced; a Riesling with intense flavors (honeysuckle, lime, apple) and a very long finish.

Wine Press Northwest, June 1, 2002

“Outstanding”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2000 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Ste. Michelle continues to help lead the Riesling Renaissance with this richly delicious wine. Wonderful grapefruit and peach aromas and flavors are expertly backed up with right-on acids for a long, delicious farewell. Enjoy with crab, salmon, chicken or pasta.

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2002

93 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Black as midnight, this wine's ripe plum and chocolate flavors feel blanketed by a soil character. They give this regional blend a sense of place, even if it's a broad sense of the expansive Columbia Valley. Ste. Michelle grows most of this blend (including 15 percent cabernet franc) on their Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge and Indian Wells vineyards, where the cool vintage offered a near perfect season between veraison and harvest. The luscious texture is consistent all the way through, giving it a sophistication, a supple grandeur, a cool and sexy feel. Fresh and clean, with the firm grit of the soil, this is an astonishing value from Washington, a wine to buy by the case.

Wine Press Northwest, June 1, 2002

“Outstanding”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Merlot Columbia Valley

Ste. Michelle's regular Merlot opens with inviting espresso aromas that lead to wonderfully layered berry fruit flavors, a plush mid-palate and a delicious finale.

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2002

85 points

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

A wine for the chocoholic, this leads off with strawberry scents, then turns to soft chocolate-bar flavors.

Wine Press Northwest, June 1, 2002

“Outstanding”

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

From this Wahluke Slope vineyard comes a Merlot with a rich mouthful of dark berries, black cherries, chocolate and more. A great balance of flavor, acidity and tannin gives this cellar potential.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 1, 2002

92 points, “Best Buys in the Market”

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

Keenly focused aromas of red cherries, creamy oak and dried flowers come with the bright, succulent tones one wants to find in Merlot, and those attractively juicy, fruity characteristics feature in the wine's supple, polished flavors as well. Latter palate tannins provide muscle and ageworthiness to this finely honed effort and insure that it will be as enjoyable half a decade from now as it is today.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2002

88 points

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

The Indian Wells Merlot is oakier and a bit rougher than the Cold Creek. Instead of high acid red fruits, here are blackberries and dusty cocoa, with thick tannins and a generous amount of toasty new oak.

Wine & Spirits, June 1, 2002

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Light, fragrant red berry scents fill the nose and then the mouth with a lovely, gentle fruit presence. The texture may be voluptuous, but the wine holds to the gentleness all the way through, lasting with grace and ease. Oak contributes to the savory character of the wine with a finishing scent of nutmeats. But it doesn't diminish the light complexity.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2002

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1998 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The Chateau's reserve is held an extra five months in barrel, and represents a selection of the winery's top 1 percent of Cabernet. It's a big, thick, juicy effort loaded with ripe, lip-smacking berry and cassis fruit. Firm acids and a sheath of spice--anise, fennel, tobacco and coffee--complete the picture.

Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2002

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 1999 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

A straight-ahead, no-frills effort that shows herb-tinged cassis and cherry fruit and tight, dry tannins. A hint of tobacco and green tea enlivens the finish. This wine surely will prove cellar-worthy; it may not reach its peak for at least a decade.

Indian Wells label on bottle