Monday, January 3, 2011

Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Columbia Valley, Washington
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (89%), Semillon (11%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: December 2010
Purchase Price: $6.99

Our review: This pale straw wine has soft aromas of tropical fruit and lemongrass with slight herbal notes. The citrus flavors on the palate are quite crisp, even tart. There's a dry minerality present as well. The extended finish adds a citrus-zest element.

Our rating: Our overall impression of this wine is one of spicy tartness, and kind of an odd mix at that. The finish goes on forever, usually a strong point for us, but we're not sure in this case. Overall, it's a rather unusual wine and not altogether unpleasant, though it's probably not one we'd buy again. We served our bottle with a broiled white fish dinner, probably a good choice given its general character. On the score sheet, it rates on the low side of Average. (We previously rated the Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2007 quite high, Above Average, nearly Excellent, a marked difference from the present vintage.)

Taste profile from the winemaker: "The wine offers fresh aromas of herbs and lavender with a beautiful floral note. A touch of Semillon is added for richness. This wine would pair well with dishes with cream sauce."

Winery website: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery.

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