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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Indian Wells 2018 750ml

size
750ml
country
United States
appellation
Columbia Valley
VM
89
WE
89
Additional vintages
VM
89
Rated 89 by Vinous Media
Bright medium yellow. Subdued but pure aromas of nectarine, peach, baking spices and butterscotch with complementary oak (66% new French, the rest American). Juicy, firm acidity gives shape to the stone fruit and more exotic pineapple and mango flavors. Offers good thickness of texture without heaviness due to the lees contact but holds its shape thanks to its brisk acidity. Finishes with lovely fruit-driven length and freshness. I find this fresher and richer than the 2017 version, but also rather oaky. ... More details
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Indian Wells 2018 750ml

SKU 845237
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VM
89
WE
89
VM
89
Rated 89 by Vinous Media
Bright medium yellow. Subdued but pure aromas of nectarine, peach, baking spices and butterscotch with complementary oak (66% new French, the rest American). Juicy, firm acidity gives shape to the stone fruit and more exotic pineapple and mango flavors. Offers good thickness of texture without heaviness due to the lees contact but holds its shape thanks to its brisk acidity. Finishes with lovely fruit-driven length and freshness. I find this fresher and richer than the 2017 version, but also rather oaky.
WE
89
Rated 89 by Wine Enthusiast
Clarified butter aromas are predominant, followed by notes of straw and peach. Full-bodied, creamy flavors follow. For those looking for a rich, buttery style, look no further.
Winery
Our Indian Wells Chardonnay delivers an appealing tropical fruit character from warmer sites. I like this Chardonnay’s ripe pineapple and butterscotch flavors and rich, creamy texture. Try it with scallops, scampi or pasta with rich sauces. Salmon, fresh crab, pork, poultry, lemon zest herbs
Product Details
size
750ml
country
United States
appellation
Columbia Valley
Additional vintages
Overview
Rated 89 - Bright medium yellow. Subdued but pure aromas of nectarine, peach, baking spices and butterscotch with complementary oak (66% new French, the rest American). Juicy, firm acidity gives shape to the stone fruit and more exotic pineapple and mango flavors. Offers good thickness of texture without heaviness due to the lees contact but holds its shape thanks to its brisk acidity. Finishes with lovely fruit-driven length and freshness. I find this fresher and richer than the 2017 version, but also rather oaky.
green grapes

Varietal: Chardonnay

For most people, the Chardonnay grape varietal is one of the quintessential white wine grapes. It isn't difficult to understand why; Chardonnay may well have started off in regions of France (where it is still used widely today in both single variety white wines as well as sparkling Champagne wines) but it is now grown in every wine producing country in the world. Indeed, it was the New World that took Chardonnay to some exciting new extremes – this relatively neutral grape has the fantastic ability to carry much of its terroir in the bottle, resulting in a fascinating range of flavors and styles. Furthermore, Chardonnay is one of the few white wine grapes which is well suited to aging, as can be seen in some of the excellent produce consistently coming out of Burgundy, and elsewhere in the world. With everything from buttery, creamy characteristics to vibrant tropical fruit notes, Chardonnay will never cease to surprise and impress.
barrel

Region: Washington State

Washington state currently holds host to over six hundred wineries, each producing wines using the many classic grape varietals which flourish in the arid, dry region to the east of the Cascade mountains. Since the Washington wine industry began in the beginning of the 19th century, great efforts have been made to irrigate the semi-desert which makes up much of the state, and the results have been enormously successful in regards to creating an environment in which a wide range of grapevines can flourish. There are certain fine wineries in the wetter western region of Washington, although these make up less than one percent of the region's overall wine production levels. Recent decades have seen red wines becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and many of those produced in Washington are considered to be amongst the country's finest produce.
fields

Country: United States

For three hundred years now, the United States has been leading the New World in wine production, both in regards to quantity and quality. Wine is actually produced in all fifty states across the country, with California leading the way by an enormous margin. Indeed, as much as eighty-nine percent of all wines to come out of the United States are produced in California, where the fertile soils and sloping mountain sides, coupled with the long, hot summers provide ideal conditions for producing high quality, European style red, white and rosé wines. With over a million acres of the country under vine, the United States sits comfortably as the fourth largest wine producer in the world, where imported grape varietals from all over the Old World are processed using a successful blend of traditional and contemporary techniques.
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Varietal: Chardonnay

For most people, the Chardonnay grape varietal is one of the quintessential white wine grapes. It isn't difficult to understand why; Chardonnay may well have started off in regions of France (where it is still used widely today in both single variety white wines as well as sparkling Champagne wines) but it is now grown in every wine producing country in the world. Indeed, it was the New World that took Chardonnay to some exciting new extremes – this relatively neutral grape has the fantastic ability to carry much of its terroir in the bottle, resulting in a fascinating range of flavors and styles. Furthermore, Chardonnay is one of the few white wine grapes which is well suited to aging, as can be seen in some of the excellent produce consistently coming out of Burgundy, and elsewhere in the world. With everything from buttery, creamy characteristics to vibrant tropical fruit notes, Chardonnay will never cease to surprise and impress.
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Region: Washington State

Washington state currently holds host to over six hundred wineries, each producing wines using the many classic grape varietals which flourish in the arid, dry region to the east of the Cascade mountains. Since the Washington wine industry began in the beginning of the 19th century, great efforts have been made to irrigate the semi-desert which makes up much of the state, and the results have been enormously successful in regards to creating an environment in which a wide range of grapevines can flourish. There are certain fine wineries in the wetter western region of Washington, although these make up less than one percent of the region's overall wine production levels. Recent decades have seen red wines becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and many of those produced in Washington are considered to be amongst the country's finest produce.
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Country: United States

For three hundred years now, the United States has been leading the New World in wine production, both in regards to quantity and quality. Wine is actually produced in all fifty states across the country, with California leading the way by an enormous margin. Indeed, as much as eighty-nine percent of all wines to come out of the United States are produced in California, where the fertile soils and sloping mountain sides, coupled with the long, hot summers provide ideal conditions for producing high quality, European style red, white and rosé wines. With over a million acres of the country under vine, the United States sits comfortably as the fourth largest wine producer in the world, where imported grape varietals from all over the Old World are processed using a successful blend of traditional and contemporary techniques.