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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Chenin Blanc Ice Wine (half-bottle) 2006
Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Chenin Blanc Ice Wine (half-bottle) 2006
(search item no. 94725)

PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $49.99

Winemaker's Notes:

"Chateau Ste. Michelle welcomed freezing temperatures on October 31st in Eastern Washington by harvesting ice wine for only the fifth time in the winery's 40-year history. (Ironically, the winery has picked ice wine grapes on October 31st for three out of five years.) We even made two ice wines - one grom Riesling grapes and this ice wine from Chenin Blanc grapes. The Chenin Blanc Ice Wine was a happy afterthought. After picking the Riesling Ice Wine, our vineyard manager said that we still had Chenin grapes on the south end of the vineyard- an area that doesn't typically get as cold because it is closer to the Columbia River. Fortunately, the grapes were hanging in a low, cold spot and were frozen solid. The result is our first ice wine made from Chenin Blanc grapes. The wine is intensely rich and exudes ultra ripe melon aromas and flavors with a clean acidity." -Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker
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About Chateau Ste. Michelle:

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.