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Chateau Ste. Michelle to Debut new Columbia Valley Rosé

Feb 09, 2018

Washington state’s founding winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, will release a new Columbia Valley Rosé nationally on March 1. To tap into the popularity of rosé, Chateau Ste. Michelle returns to its roots, as one of the first varietals the winery released was a Grenache Rosé in 1967.

The beautifully pale pink wine is a dry, crisp, elegant style rosé crafted from a blend of 98 percent Syrah and 2 percent Merlot from Washington’s Columbia Valley. The Syrah grapes underwent gentle pressing and the juice spent a limited time on the grape skins to deliver the perfect pale pink color. The wine offers bright aromas of watermelon and raspberry with flavors of wild strawberry, citrus zest and hints of melon.

“We’re excited to introduce our new Columbia Valley Rosé and think people are really going to enjoy it,” said Bob Bertheau, Chateau Ste. Michelle head winemaker. “This is a refreshing, balanced wine that is perfect on its own, or with foods such as grilled meats and fish, light pastas and a variety of cheeses. I like to say that our rosé is 98 percent Syrah, 2 percent Merlot and 100 percent delicious. We can’t wait for people to try it.”

The winery produced 56,000 cases of the inaugural 2017 vintage featuring a modern tapered burgundy bottle with a Stelvin screw cap finish. The Chateau Ste. Michelle 2017 Columbia Valley Rosé will be available at retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $11.

About Chateau Ste. Michelle
Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle pioneered vinifera grape growing in Washington State and has been producing classic European varietal wines under the Ste. Michelle label since 1967. The winery combines an ongoing dedication to research with a commitment to classic winemaking traditions. The winery owns 3,900 acres of vineyards in the Columbia Valley of Eastern Washington, including Canoe Ridge Estate and Cold Creek, which are LIVE and Salmon Safe certified. Chateau Ste. Michelle enjoys winemaking partnerships with some of the world’s most distinguished vintners. Col Solare is an alliance with Tuscany’s Piero Antinori, Eroica Riesling is a partnership with the Mosel’s Ernst Loosen and Tenet is a collaboration with Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie of France. Chateau Ste. Michelle has received a long list of awards including 22 “Top 100 Wineries of The Year” honors (Wine & Spirits) and 18 “Top 100 Wines” designations (Wine Spectator). Chateau Ste. Michelle also has a long history of giving back to the industry and community. The net proceeds from its popular Summer Concert Series helps fund its charitable giving program, which supports some 400 non-profit organizations annually, has provided more than $3 million for scholarships for high-achieving, low-income students at Washington universities, and supports the Viticulture & Enology Program at Washington State University.

View the Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Rosé here.

Lynda Eller

Indian Wells label on bottle