Chateau St. Michelle Chatdonnay
Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington State with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery’s roots date back to after the Repeal of Prohibition, when the Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company were formed in 1934. In 1967, American Wine Growers began a new line of premium vinifera wines called “Ste. Michelle Vintners” under the direction of legendary California winemaker and consultant Andre Tchelistcheff. Ste. Michelle Vintners planted its first vines at its Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington in 1972. Known for its highly acclaimed Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Cabernet, Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including “American Winery of the Year 2004” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and “2005 Winery of the Year” by Restaurant Wine Magazine. The Wine Located in Washington State’s newest AVA, Horse Heaven Hills, our vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate consistently produces an elegant, refined Chardonnay due to the moderating influence of the Columbia River. This 2004 bottling exhibits ripe apple and cinnamon spice aromas with an elegant, lingering, sweet citrus finish. Wine Spectator, “A fruit-centered wine, this sings with pear, grapefruit and peach aromas and flavors, perched enticingly on a lithe frame, with subdued oak notes lingering around the periphery. It's the texture, though, that makes it so attractive, polished and refined. Drink now through 2010, 92 points Smart Buy” Robert Parker, “An excellent value, the 2004 Chardonnay Canoe Ridge Estate is fashioned from 12 year old vines. Its creamy, spicy aromas lead to a plush, sultry character. Medium to full-bodied, it blossoms on the attack to reveal loads of dense white fruit flavors in a sumptuously hedonistic format. Bottled unfiltered, this sexy fruit-bomb may not satisfy intellectual urges but it certainly appeases the corporal ones! Drink it over the next 2-3 years.