Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2008
|Appellation||Horse Heaven Hills|
|Brand||Chateau Ste. Michelle|
Wine SpectatorPolished, fragrant and appealing for its lively pineapple, pear and lemongrass flavors, persisting nicely on the vibrant finish. Drink now. 8,700 cases made. -HS
Wine AdvocateThe 2008 Chardonnay Canoe Ridge Estate was partially fermented with native yeasts in 50% new French oak. It was aged in barrel for 10 months sur lie with stirring and went through full malolactic. Medium gold-colored, it gives up an attractive bouquet of buttered popcorn, minerals, poached pear, lemon zest, and baking spices. Smooth textured, mouth-filling, and impeccably balanced, this Chardonnay over-delivers for its modest price.
Wine EnthusiastOaky on the nose, but with the ripe firm fruit to support the barrel flavors, this hits the palate bang on with a powerful load of ripe apple, stone fruits, toast, spice and plain old oak. It's a style that is becoming standard for Ste. Michelle Chardonnays, a forceful, very ripe, big flavor approach that may benefit from decanting in order to smooth it out.