About This Wine
Northeast of Seattle is the birthplace of Washington wine.
This is the home of Chateau Ste. Michelle, situated on 105 wooded acres that include some of most acclaimed vineyards in Washington’s Columbia Valley. The estate dates back to the repeal of Prohibition, when the Pommerelle Wine Company and National Wine Company were formed. Those entities merged in 1954 to form American Wine Growers, and 13 years later AWG introduced a line of premium wines under the Ste. Michelle Vintners label.
Then in 1976, as America celebrated its Bicentennial, Ste. Michelle Vintners built a French-style chateau in Woodinville, and changed its name to Chateau Ste. Michelle. It has been a leader in Washington winemaking ever since.
Winemaker Bob Bertheau describes Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 2010 Chardonnay as “a pleasurable, food-friendly wine, made in a fresh, soft style.” It is all of that, and another in a long line of outstanding bottlings from Washington’s pioneer wine estate.
Relatively easy to grow in a variety of locations. Consistently produces some of the world's great white wines. Complex, full, rich and fruity with soft edges and moderate acidity. Offers rich and intense fruit flavors of apple, fig, melon, pear, peach, pineapple, along with creamy yeast spice, honey, butter and hazelnut flavors.
- Grape Composition:100% Chardonnay
- Grape Source:Washington’s Columbia Valley Growing Region
- Aromas & Flavors:Bright Sweet Citrus, With Subtle Spice & Oak
- Aging Vessels:French & American Oak Barrels for 6 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestioncrab, poultry, salmon, or scallops.
Crisp and spicy, with juicy apple and pear fruit flavor, this easy-drinking Chardonnay was aged sur lie in mostly used barrels. There’s a subtle suggestion of vanilla and butter woven into the finish.
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