Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Chardonnay 2006

Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 98270
  • white wine
  • WS91
  • RP91
  • WE90
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2007
  • WS91
  • WE91

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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. "
91 Points

"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. "
91 Points

"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."
90 Points

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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,...

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Learn About Columbia Valley

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...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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