Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay (Washington, USA)


  • My Rating: C+

Chardonnay 2002 – Chateau Ste. Michelle (Columbia Valley), 13.5% ABV – 750ml., (Woodinville, WA, USA)

On the back label:

“Our Columbia Valley Chardonnay is rich in character with additional complexity and balance attained by barrel fermentation. Aging sur lie in French oak results in a full-bodied wine and enhances the flavors of ripe apple, pear, and citrus fruit.”

  • Style: (white wine,) Chardonnay, oak-aged
  • Taste: fruity sugars -> apple/pear -> mild-tangy/off-dry fruity finish.
  • Where I got it : ??? (likely a gift 10+ years ago…)
  • How much: ~$15-20 – 750ml., sometime in…2003?
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: (no longer available, now they have Chardonnays from distinct vineyards)

Visual: 2002!!? A 12-year old white wine that benefited 0.1% from aging in my cellar. It wasn’t my intention to leave it for so long but I just never got around to opening it. Anyways, pours medium-light golden yellow, clear as water.

Nose: Fruity & ripe red apple and Barlett pears. (4/10-pungency)

Attack: controlled sugars, light acidity, orchard fruity aromas

Mid-palate: (3/10)-sweetness, light-tangy acidity, (MAIN) apple, pear (hint) lemon/lime

Finish: hints of saltiness, solid acidic/tang/citrus/off-dry follow through.

Summary: A decent table wine, an all-around easy sipper, chugger, and meal-wine. No highs or lows, just an easy cruise.