Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2008

$24.99

SKU 885866559370

750ml

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The Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay is refined and elegant and we like to enhance that style in the cellar. This Chardonnay delivers fresh apple, pear and spice aromas and flavors. The finish is graceful with light spice notes, which are a result of the restrained French oak treatment.
Category White Wine
Varietal
Country United States
Region Washington
Appellation Horse Heaven Hills
Brand Chateau Ste. Michelle
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • ws90

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

December 15, 2010
  • wa90

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.

Jay Miller, August 2010
  • we89

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.

Paul Gregutt, February 1, 2011