You can’t think of the word Chateau and not think of rolling hills and a huge mansion on the top. There is a wine that goes hand in hand with the name Chateau Ste. Michelle. This winery is full of history dating back to 1912, where the estate was built by Seattle lumber Baron, Frederick Stimson.
Then in 1967 legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff came out with a new line of premium grapes called Vinifera. In 1972 Chateau Ste. Michelle’s first vines were planted in cold creek vineyards in eastern Washington. Four years later in 1976 owner Ste. Michelle Vintners built a French style winery called
Chateau in Woodinville, and changed its name to Chateau Ste. Michelle.
Now let’s get on to the wines.
I have four to review; three are whites and two reds.
In this group are two wines that I normally don’t drink; Rieslings. But after trying these two dry Rieslings, they changed my mind.
On to the white wines.
My pick of the whites is their 2012 Chardonnay, with flavors of green apples and citrus, with a hint of vanilla spice and oak.
I would pair this wine with lemon chicken and seafood pasta.
If you want a nice refreshing white wine, try the 2012 Dry Riesling. It is perfect for those afternoons by the pool. It has beautiful fruit flavors
with a crisp acidity and an elegant finish, with rose petals and pear.
This would pair perfect with sea bass and my favorite is with oysters.
One of their special white wines is their Harvest Select Sweet Riesling.
It is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner and with the name harvest I can’t think
of a better holiday and season to enjoy this wine.
It has flavors of juicy peach and apricot and balanced
with a bright acidity for a luscious mouthful.
I would pair this wine with turkey and spicy pumpkin soup.
On to The Reds
On to the big wine that packs a punch. Its Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Indian Wells Red Blend. Why is this such a big bold red wine? It is blended with many different types of wine such as Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Cinsault, and Mourvedre.
Food pairings are blue cheese, beef, and dark chocolate.
Last on the list is a 2011 Indian Wells Merlot.
It is a smooth red wine with flavors
such as blackberry jam and nutmeg spices.
It pairs great with pastas, flank steak, or salad.
Grab a glass and get taken to the hills!
You can find their wines here http://www.ste-michelle.com