Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Origin: Columbia Valley Washington State
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Purchase date: November 2007
Purchase price: $8.99
Taste profile from the winemaker: "The mostly stainless steel fermentation makes this a crisp, clean, refreshing style of pure Sauvignon Blanc. The wine shows aromas and flavors of sweet citrus and dried herbs. We have been striving for more true 'varietal character' with this wine by picking a little earlier, having slightly heavier canopies and laying off the oak. This is a Very food versatile wine–try it with salad courses, appetizers or zesty chicken dishes."
ABC Wines review: This smooth tasting wine has a complex combination of flavors and aromas. The initial taste of citrus and tropical fruit is accompanied by a refreshing crispness with a hint of herbs. The wine has a long, very pleasant finish. It should pair nicely with a wide range of foods, or just for late afternoon sipping. Rated 88 points by Wine Spectator in 2007. Our score: Above average to excellent.