Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $13

By on February 12, 2013

Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia ValleyBest Buy! Chateau Ste. Michelle’s largest-production Sauvignon Blanc is far from shy with its grassy and zesty approach, a sign of relatively cool vintage for Washington state. The nose hints at light oak — a third of the blend spent five months in older French oak — backed by peach, muskmelon, lime and minerality. There’s tasty honeydew melon on the bone-dry entry, followed by baked apple, more lime, slate and cleansing acidity. Suggested fare includes herb-influenced chicken, linguine with clam sauce, baked halibut or oysters.

Rating: Recommended.

Production: 100,000 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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