Eastern Washington’s long, warm and dry growing season is a great match for growing amazing Syrah, resulting in ripeness and complexity. 33% of the fruit came from our Cold Creek Vineyard, one of the state’s oldest and warmest sites while the other third of the fruit was sourced from the Wahluke Slope, an ideal growing region for Rhone varietals producing ripe fruit with intense color and flavor.
Colour: Dark purple-crimson.
Aroma: Burst of dark berries and cherries, some coffee and leather alongside sweet spiced herbs.
Palate: The ultimate combination of power and softness. The wine offers rich dark blackberry fruit among layers of complexity and a sweet finish. Best paired with beef, grilled salmon and strongly flavored cheeses.
Grape Varieties: 100% Syrah
Aging: Aged for 22 months in 43% new French oak barrels for added sweetness and depth
Awards: 92pts – James Suckling; 91pts – Vinous; 89pts – Wine Enthusiast
History of Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest, and one of the most prestigious, wineries in Washington. The company produces a wide range of wines from grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay, but it is best known for its high-quality wines made from Riesling.
It was founded as the American Wine Growers in 1954 by the merger of two companies that were set up following the repeal of Prohibition in the 1930s: the National Wine Company and the Pomerelle Wine Company. Before the merger, the National Wine Company had planted Vitis vinifera grapes in the Columbia Valley. However it was legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, as a consultant, who introduced higher quality vinifera wines in 1967. These were produced under the name Ste. Michelle Vintners and the first wines released were Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Semillon and Grenache.
In 1976, the name was changed to Chateau Ste. Michelle. The winery has since achieved international acclaim. Chateau Ste. Michelle has three estate vineyards all in the Columbia Valley AVA – Cold Creek, Horse Heaven and Canoe Ridge. In 1995, the company formed a partnership with Antinori to make luxury Cabernet Sauvignon under the label Col Solare. Most recently, in 2016 the company purchased Sonoma-based Pinot Noir and Chardonnay house Patz & Hall.