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2005 Chateau Ste. Michelle Late Harvest White Riesling Ethos Reserve Columbia Valley (half bottle)
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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.

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2005 Chateau Ste. Michelle Late Harvest White Riesling Ethos Reserve Columbia Valley (half bottle)

Producer: Chateau Ste. Michelle
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Riesling
Origin: Washington
Region: Columbia Valley

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2007

($39; for 375 ml.) Bright, pale gold with a green tinge. Slightly high-toned, musky aromas of honeycomb, caraway seed and mace. Fat, thick and very sweet, but with good acidity framing the very rich flavors of ripe peach, caraway seed and honey. In an ideal world, this would have more complexity and acidity, but this sweet bomb is dense and delicious.

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