Thursday, September 30, 2010

2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

I think I’ve developed a new wine love affair with Chateau Ste. Michelle. I’ve had several varieties in the past months and have not been disappointed to date. This weeks offering was the 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley.
Floral notes mixed with herbs waft out of the glass. Flavors are crisp and light with green apple and a touch of banana in the finish. Finish isn’t crazy long but lingers enough for me to appreciate the subtleness.

Acidity – 0.64g/100ml
PH 3.13
Alcohol 13%
Varietal – 100% Sauvignon Blanc

2008 was a banner growing season in Washington’s Columbia Valley with full ripening crops and in check sugar levels. Grapes were sourced primarily from the winery’s Horse Heaven Vineyard located in Columbia Valley, WA. Receiving just six to eight inches of rain per year, the sandy soil’s inability to hold water allows for a more controlled vine growth. The region also benefits from the additional sunlight during the growing season. Receiving two hours more per day than California, the grapes are able to ripen fully creating exceptional aroma and flavors.

For more information on Chateau Ste. Michelle, click here.

Chateau Ste. Michelle brings a little more sunshine into my world. If only all my decisions were as hard as deciding which varietal to drink tonight.

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