Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley
This is the largest producer in Washington State and the jewel in the Ste Michelle Wine Estates crown. The wines from Chateau Ste Michelle seem somehow more complete and exciting than those from sister winery COLUMBIA CREST, even at the lower levels. A considerable array of wines is produced here, including a number in overseas partnerships. The Columbia Valley is the focal point of the winery’s operations and there is a new vinification facility at the Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard, the River Ridge Winery. Other key vineyard sources are Cold Creek, Horse Heaven and Indian Wells. The Indian Wells wines now come from a combination of the Indian Wells vineyard and other sites. The regular Columbia Valley bottlings can offer very good value, particularly among the whites, with the single-vineyard series offering style, quality and diversity. There are some very good Artists Series and Ethos Reserve labels, now including Syrah sourced from a number of vineyards. The Meritage red has been consistently good over the last few vintages. Of particular interest are two joint partnerships. Eroica, results in a marvellously intense, opulent but crisp, mineral-scented Riesling made in partnership with Ernst LOOSEN from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. A superior Gold Riesling and both an Ice Wine and a Single Berry Select sweet wine are also made under the partnership. In tandem with Tuscany’s Antinori is the premium red Col Solare, an opulent blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. (DM)
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