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About Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle is a massive operation, leading the world in the production of Riesling. 3,500 acres planted across the state of Washington produce roughly 2,000,000 cases annually. Winemaker Bob Bertheau manages not one, but two seperate wineries dedicated to the production of white and red wines respectively.
94 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2003
($200; for 375 ml.; this is a joint venture between Chateau Ste. Michel and the Mosel's Ernst Loosen) Deep gold. Explosive dried apricot aroma, complicated by notes of dates, white raisin, honey and pungent spices. Pours like a solid: viscous and hugely rich, with flavors of dried apricot, pear and game, plus a light saline component. Harmonious acids keep this remarkably thick and concentrated dessert wine fresh. Extremely long finish saturates the palate with fresh and dried apricot. Also tasted: 2001 Merlot Indian Wells Vineyard Columbia Valley*.