It is a while since I have tasted any wine from Washington State’s Chateau Ste. Michelle. This winery is always reliable and offers stylish, varietally correct wines at very reasonable prices. The two examples reviewed below are a pleasant reminder of how good these wines can be. Both are ideal for sipping on the patio or to pair with lighter summer dishes.
The Chablis is from the 2013 vintage, not considered a particularly good year for the region. This one from Jaffelin, though, delivers more than its locally available competitors in a similar price range. It will pair beautifully with fresh Nova Scotia seafood and white meat dishes.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer 2012, Columbia Valley 12.5% $19.99 NSLC (Port of Wines Selection - Larger Stores) Lightly fragrant, showing delicate rose petal and spicy green apple notes shifting to white peach and apple flavours in the mouth. Backed by zesty acidity and a lick of dry mineral, it finishes just a touch off-dry, with lingering delicate fruity and floral sensations. ***
Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2011, Columbia Valley 11% $19.99 NSLC (Port of Wines Selection - Larger Stores) Shows good aromatic intensity, revealing floral notes, lime, petrol and a whiff of mineral. Lemon and lime citrus are front and centre on the slightly off-dry palate, deftly balanced by fresh acidity and dry mineral grip. This is a wine from a cooler vintage with considerable charm and excellent Riesling varietal character. ***
Jaffelin 2013, Chablis AC 12.5% $35.29 NSLC General List Sappy green apple and subtle leesy and spicy overtones on the nose with lively green apple, crisp acidity, firm mineral and elegant creamy texture in the mouth. Shows authentic Chablis character with good depth. ***