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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.
93+ Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2010
($200; an ungodly combination of about 400 grams per liter r.s. and 14 grams of acidity) Full, deep orange-gold. Knockout nose offers marzipan liqueur, honey, dried apricot and white raisin. Pours like motor oil, displaying extraordinary concentration and glass-coating thickness. Supersweet and saline but downright unformed today, only hinting at the complexity to come; today the wine's huge acidity is hidden behind a wall of dried fruits and honey. Most impressive today on the finish, which is hard to scrape off the palate. This may ultimately merit a much higher score but it's a monolith today, and less lively than the Late Harvest White Riesling.