Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Chardonnay 2006
Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
My goal for the Ethos Chardonnay is old world complexity and elegance with concentrated Washington fruit. This 2006 bottling is sourced predominately from our vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate (70%) and shows the delicacy of Canoe Ridge Estate fruit. This Chardonnay is all about refinement, elegance and complexity with beautiful fruit and understated spice. This is our truly age-worthy Chardonnay.
Wine Spectator - "Smooth and round, this distinctive and harmonious wine offers spicy, buttery overtones to its pear, quince and citrus flavors, lingering on the refreshing finish. Drink now through 2011. 2,400 cases made. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Ethos Chardonnay is a blend of the best barrels from the Canoe Ridge and Cold Creek Vineyards. In this vintage, 82% of the wine was aged in new oak, revealed in the toasty, butterscotch aromatics. The wine has a bit more richness than the single vineyard offerings and its bright acidity suggests that it might evolve for 2-3 years. It has a smooth mouth-feel and all components are in harmony leading to a lengthy finish. "
Wine Enthusiast - "Ethos is the top of the Chardonnay pyramid for Ste. Michelle; consistent with other, less expensive bottlings, in its explosion of ripe fruit and generous amount of buttery oak. But here the oak comes from pricey barrels and the steely acids provide a spine that is missing from the others. This is a fine example of Washington Chardonnay, and could be cellared for up to a decade."
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.
Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts. View all Chateau Ste. Michelle Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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