Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2014


SKU 00722


Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington State has a long history of winegrowing. Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition. In 1967 under legendary Califonrnia winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, a new line of premium vinifera wines was introduced called Ste. Michelle Vintners. This vineyard, Cold Creek, was planted in eastern Washington in 1972. And then, four years later, Ste. Michelle Vintners built a French style winery Chateau in Woodinville, and changed its name to Chateau Ste. Michelle. Cold Creek Chardonnay is known for its concentration and intensity due to the 40-year-old vines of the vineyard and warmth of the site. It has a decadent style with ripe fruits and a toasty character.Look for baked apples and sweet yet tangy lemon meringue in the nose and mouth. The winery ages this Chardonnay in new oak because it gives this wine nicely integrated vanilla and toast flavors on the finish.
Category White Wine
Country United States
Region Washington
Appellation Columbia Valley
Brand Chateau Ste. Michelle
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • ws89

Wine SpectatorBright and refreshing, playing apple and grapefruit flavors against a polished texture, lingering on the deftly balanced finish. Drink now. 2,750 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, July 31, 2016
  • wa89

Wine AdvocateSlightly darker in color than the Canoe Ridge Estate and showing a touch more oak in its buttered stone fruit aromas and flavors, the 2014 Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard (100% Chardonnay aged nine months in 51% new French oak) is medium-bodied, textured, rich and lengthy on the palate. It lacks a touch of the integration of the Canoe Ridge Estate release, but it has more richness and texture.

Jeb Dunnuck, June 2016
  • we88

Wine EnthusiastBarrel notes of toast and spice intermingle with stone fruit aromas and flavors that show nuance. The flavors are light but the feel is compelling.

Sean Sullivan, September 1, 2016