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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Cold Creek Chardonnay is characterized by intensity and depth from the 30-year-old vines and warmth of the site. The 2006 exhibits aromas of apples and lemon with smoke and toast flavors on the finish. The Cold Creek Chardonnay is our biggest Chardonnay, but the 2006 bottling also maintains a nice level of elegance, which was a hallmark of the 2006 vintage.
Soft and spicy, with a layer of toast and cocoa underlining the pear and citrus flavors, lingering on the gentle finish. Drink now through 2012. 4,700 cases made.Score: 90. —Harvey Steiman, February 28, 2009.
The 2006 Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard is sourced from a 32 year old vineyard, one of the first planted by the winery and ancient by Washington standards, with yields of less than 2 tons per acre. The wine was aged in 54% new oak and 50% was fermented with indigenous yeasts. Light gold in color, it reveals aromas of butterscotch, vanilla, apple, poached pear, and a hint of tropical fruits. Smooth-textured and nicely balanced, the wine's finish is long and pure.Score: 90. —Jay Miller, June 2008.
he Cold Creek Chardonnay is built upon 30-year-old vines, fully ripened at this warm site. Sensuous, soft and broadly laced with flavors of toasted nuts, brioche and apple pie, this luxurious Chardonnay still maintains a pleasing, focused structure that carries along flavors of lemon and apple, cut against the dominant oak. Cold Creek wines are among Washington's most ageworthy.Score: 90. —Paul Gregutt, December 01, 2008.
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