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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.
87 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , test
($30) Musky aromas of smoked meat, hazelnut and charred oak. Dense, firm and a bit youthfully clenched, but also possesses fat and verve. The lively peach, apple and mint flavors carry nicely on the finish, where the wine's wood element confers grip. A step up from the Cold Creek bottling in flavor interest and length. An impressive set of chardonnays, made by new winemaker Bob Bertheau, who began here with vintage 2003.