Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 1996

Columbia Valley

Winemaker's Notes

Toasty oak aromas, framed in spice, are followed by the rich, creamy flavors of pear and refreshing green apple.

About the Region

This large viticultural area, covering about 11 million acres with some 17,000 acres of vines, extends over a large part of central and southern Washington (and over the border slightly into Oregon). It lies at the same latitude as Bordeaux and Burgundy, with numerous soil types and microclimates, and grows all the usual suspects, with cabernet sauvignon and other Bordeaux grapes and, more surprisingly, the red Rhône varieties, doing particularly well.

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