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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2015 Wine Review

Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2015

Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2015

Columbia Valley, Washington, United States

Community Score:92/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $21.95

Drink: 2017-2020

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine


Winery: Chateau Ste. Michelle

Agent: Philippe Dandurand Wines Ltd.

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This vines for this lovely Washington Chardonnay are planted at 200 feet above sea level which is ideal for achieving a silky texture from the grapes rather than an oak barrel. Rich and full-bodied with luscious layers of fleshy ripe peach, pear and butterscotch. This Washington Chardonnay has great finesse and styling: French spirit with Washington DNA. It was barrel fermented without a lot of lees stirring to preserve it's zesty character. Finishes with apple and citrus notes. Pair with roast chicken or veal. OTHER: Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: Lovely caramel and brioche nose, followed by more of same on palate along with lemon and slight oak. Smooth, full-bodied, buttery mouthfeel. Very yummy! Tasted April 2016. OTHER: Gwen Barton rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: Nose of peaches and pears with soft toast ones. Bright acidity and lingering flavours of tropical fruit, brioche and subtle spice. Nice complexity and integration of fruit and oak. Very nice with or without food. OTHER: Cherie Cole rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: This Chardonnay is more traditional in style with a flavour profile consisting of baked, spiced apples, caramel and vanilla with a lemon-lime finish. Barrel fermented with battonage every three weeks. Freshness in the acidity with silky body. This wine would pair well with grilled chicken or turkey burgers. Tasted June, 2016. OTHER: Melanie Aubert rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: This chardonnay has very subtle aromas of lime, minerality and a hint of butter from sur lie aging. The CSM winemaker uses more old-world (namely Burgundian) winemaking techniques, which means less oak influence. Rather than a round mouthfeel, it is bright and acidic, and tastes of green apple and pear. As the wine warms up, the oak nuances start to come out, with sweet spice, butterscotch, and toasted qualities. Perfect for roasted chicken. Get the whole story at winingwithmel.com/2016/07/08/focus-on-washington-wines/ OTHER: Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: Fresh and vibrant, with pienapple, kiwi, and other tropical fruits on the nose. Refined with sweet tropical fruit, vanilla, and spice persisting on the soft finish. Tasted June 2016. 89 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca. OTHER: Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: Emulating tradition, yet still fresh and easy drinking. Aromas are mild while the palate shows plenty of character. Dominant notes include melon, apricot, citrus zest and steely/smoky minerality. This Chardonnay is well-rounded with a creamy mouthfeel. moderate acidity and long zesty finish. Tasted July 2016. @sommsosa | bespoketastings.ca. OTHER: Bill Wright Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: Bursting with tropical fruit notes. Oily, fruity and buttery. Velvet finish, long and fruity. OTHER: Kimberly Inksater - Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review: Vanilla, toasted coconut, pineapple and other tropical fruits. This is a typical new world oaked style of chardonnary but not overwhelming. The creamy texture on the palate is balanced with a fruit acidity. I would drink this wine on its own, or with a cheese and fruit plate. OTHER: Courtney Flood rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review: Fruity – peach, green grape, grapefruit with a slight aroma of vanilla and smoke, settling to a buttered toffee finish. Pair with cacio e pepe. OTHER: Lori Kilmartin - WSET3 Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review: I'm not a fan of over-oaked chardonnay so this fit the bill. Tropical notes of white stone fruit. Vanilla and butter but not overpowering. Medium body with a long fruit finish. OTHER: Alex & Priya - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review: Priya: Now this is my kinda wine. Fresh and slightly effervescent with a touch of sweetness but not too much. The bubbly nature offsets the fruit so it's a wine I could easily enjoy a few glasses of, though I'd probably drink this before or after a meal rather than as a pairing. 89pts. OTHER: Alex: Interesting style, showing of butter and vanilla, ripe orchard fruit and some pineapple. the oak is certainly there though in balance, the palate is more vibrant than you'd expect. plush, creamy texture, good concentration, alcohol in check. A touch of oak on the finish, but overall a good Chard. 87pts. OTHER: Jacky Blisson rated this wine as 85/100 with the following review: Pale straw. Intense, yet fairly simple nose of pear drops and floral notes. Juicy and vibrant on the palate, with a linear structure and a fairly short, somewhat cloying finish. OTHER: This wine is sunshine in a bottle. How so? Well, the Columbia Valley gets about two more hours of sunlight daily during the peak-growing season than California, and the 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington state. Aged in American and French barrels, this Chardonnay is always ripe, balanced and crowdpleasing. Raise a glass and toast Chateau Ste. Michelle's 50th year in the biz (Vintages Panel, updated). - Community Wine Reviews
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