Château Ste. Michelle

Washington State, USA
In the realm of the New World regions, Château Ste. Michelle is truly a timeless classic – the premier winery of Washington State. It defined the Northwest wine industry more than 40 years ago with classic vinifera wines. And in 1974, the legendary L.A. Times tasting – where its 1972 Johannisberg Riesling captured top honors – prompted even more attention to the promise and potential of Washington wines. In 2011, the winery was listed under “Wineries of the Year” for the 17th time by Wine & Spirits (more than any other American winery, and second in the world only to Penfolds).

#1 Most Admired Brand in the U.S. – Drinks International 2011 | 2008 Wine Brand of the Year – Market Watch | 2005 Winery of the Year – Restaurant Wine | 2004 American Winery of the Year – Wine Enthusiast

Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2010 (RV)

A pleasurable, food-friendly wine, this is a fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright apple and citrus character with subtle spice and oak nuances. A blend of Chardonnay grapes from vineyards all over the Columbia Valley make this a complex, interesting wine. The sur lie aging gives it an appealing softness.
90 points & Best Value: Wine Spectator (2008 vintage)

Columbia Valley Riesling 2010 (RV)

A refreshing, off-dry Riesling vintage after vintage. The wine delivers flavors of ripe peach and juicy pear with subtle mineral notes. This is an “every day Riesling” that is a pleasure to drink and easy to match with a variety of foods.
90 points & Best Buy: Wine Enthusiast
87 points & Best Value: Wine Spectator

Columbia Valley Merlot 2011 (RV)

94% Merlot, 2% Cab Sau, 2% Syrah, 1% Malbec, 1 Petit Verdot. We craft this wine to be our complex yet approachable Merlot. The wine offers aromas of black cherry, leather and spice with layers of rich dark red fruit flavors and a long, smooth, sweet finish. A touch of Syrah adds a jammy fruit character. I think of this wine as a great “everyday red..


Eroica Riesling 2011 (RV)

Eroica is a labor of love for two of the world’s great Riesling producers - Dr. Loosen estate of Germany, and Chateau Ste. Michelle. The wine exudes mandarin orange and sweet lime aromas and flavours with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavourful Washington Riesling fruit.
93 points & "Top 100 Wines of 2009 (#82) & Editors' Choice: Wine Enthusiast
91 points: Robert Parker
90 points: Wine Spectator

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (RV)

Highlighting concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style, this inviting Cabernet has plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. Slightly riper style with beautiful jammy fruit. Very versatile with food – try it with beef, pork or pasta.
93 points & 100 Best Buys of 2011: Wine & Spirits


Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot 2009 (RV)

A complex Merlot with black cherry fruit character with refined tannins. This wine is showing more depth, richness and layers of dark fruit than in previous vintages. It’s a great food wine and its dusty tannins make it a perfect match with Italian food.
91 points: Wine Spectator
GOLD: Seattle Wine Awards 2011 (2008 vintage)
GOLD: San Francisco Int’l Wine Comp. 2011 (2008 vintage)