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Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2003

Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Winemaker Notes

    Tropical fruit aromas of casaba melon and papaya pair nicely with toasty oak. Ripe, juicy papaya repeats in the mouth, with a subtle grassy undercurrent. This wine is full-bodied and complex with a lengthy, silky finish.

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    Chateau Ste. Michelle, , Washington
    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.

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    Most Sherries are dry and meant to pair with food but the American society has traditionally focused on the sweet ones. Sherry comes from one place in the entire world, Andalucía, where the soil and unique seasonal changes give an unsurpassed character to the wines. The many styles change with the process of production, not really the grape, though certain styles are reserved for different grapes. The main grapes are Palomino, Pedro Ximénez and Muscat of Alexandria.

    Pedro Ximénez can make some amazing sweet Sherries. Cream Sherry is technically the sweetest, darkest style of Sherry, except sometimes Pedro Ximénez can be sweeter. The rest of the styles are dry and dependent on the action of flor, benevolent film-forming yeasts that make a floating veil on the surface of the wine.

    Fino and Manzanilla are the lightest styles and are meant to be drunk young.

    Amontillado happens when a Fino’s layer of flor fades and the wine starts to oxidize. Quite simply it is an aged Fino that has a darker color and richer palate.

    When flor yeast dies unexpectedly, the result is Palo Cortado. Palo Cortado Sherries can behave like Amontillado on the palate but often show a greater balance of richness and delicacy.

    Oloroso never develops flor but is oxidized for five to twenty five years and become aromatic and strong like a fine bourbon.

    CLW578942_2003 Item# 83777

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