2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling

2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley RieslingPrice: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per Chateau Ste. Michelle “We craft our Columbia Valley Riesling to be an inviting, refreshing, off-dry Riesling vintage after vintage. This Riesling consistently delivers classic Washington state Riesling characters of juicy peach, ripe pear, melon, with subtle mineral notes. This is our everyday Riesling that is versatile and easy to drink.”
-Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker

What I Think:

This one was recommended to me a while back via a comment from Danny. First off thanks for the tip, I always appreciate them. Keep’em coming all! That said I sat on for a while. Based on my lukewarm experience with the ’06 vintage of the same I was a bit hesitant. Especially given having a very dependable alternative in one of my long time favorites; the Dr. Beckermann Spatlese. When I saw Dr. Debs recent post on exploring Washington wines starting with Rieslings from Columbia Valley I had to join the journey and grabbed a bottle.

On opening, the color is striking (especially compared to L’Accessa). The color is almost see through straw, akin to a champagne or sparkler. This was the first, but wouldn’t be the last, characteristic of this wine that had me drawing comparisons to Sauvignon Blanc. The nose started very crisp, a common occurrence straight out of the fridge. Unlike Gary Vee (link it up Jason ?) I was looking forward to the journey to room temperature. Mr. Vaynerchuk favors starting there straight away. Personally, as a casual drinker/taster, I like to see the wine at some different stages. I’ve found I like some very cold, some at room temperature and most somewhere in between. In addition, I enjoy seeing the different taste profiles, or personas in my day job, the wine has given based on the temperature. What would be really interesting is to start tracking the temperature with my tasting notes. Anyone ever done that? Sorry, wine geek moment.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming. At the front of the palate you initially find a crispness with a bit of acidity which breaks open to rich white fruit on the mid palate with green apple prevalent and white, peachy notes lurking nearby. Bit of oak or something else on the finish? I was getting stones and mineral with hints of lemon rind; again almost a Sauvgnon Blanc-ish finish. I’m a fan. Revisiting the ’06 it looks like my initial perceptions were tainted by a poor food pairing, not a disappointing wine. That said, for my taste buds, this one is not for the traditional spicy food. Skip the Asian pairing angle here. Good news that is where the Dr. Beckermann’s thrives. A surprising outcome, on the Chateau Ste. Michelle. Unexpected and delightful, all the good flavors of Riesling without a hint of sweetness. I’ve already bought three more bottles and recommend you grab one for yourself. Looking forward to hearing what you think!

Rating: Buy It

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13 thoughts on “2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling

  1. I opened a bottle of this 2 days ago, and when I poured the first glass it had a really off-putting smell, almost like gasoline. I waited about 15 minutes, tried again, and it was still there, so I threw out the glass.
    The next day, I tried another glass from the same bottle, and the smell was gone. The wine was quite pleasant. Has anyone else noticed this?

  2. Anne, I have not noticed this before. Given it was as noticeable as you said I don’t think I could have overlooked it. That said, I’ll keep it in mind when I open my next bottle as I have a few more in the rack.

  3. I’ve drank some 20 bottles of this wine and have never experienced what you did. This is a great wine!!! No doubt about it. Very nice fruity finish…like pears.

  4. I agree whole-heartedly with Jason on this Riesling from the large Chateau Ste. Michelle winery.

    This has to be one of the best deals of all time. I noticed recently though TJ’s increased it from $5.99 to $6.99 (at least in the SF Bay Are). Still doesn’t break the bank, but I think people are catching on… this one is a $15 value for 50% off!

    I don’t drink this solo (too sweet). But it pairs perfectly with spicy dishes like Chicken Curry.

    Oh, also, regardless of Vay-ner-chuk, I like it COLD, very COLD. man, it’s good. Almost a substitute for a beer (almost) on a warm California evening.

    (side note: Jason, are you attending the wine Blogger’s conference next month in Sonoma… let us know!)

  5. Well, it’s a shame. I own a restaurant called Ginger in Costa Rica, and this is the first time that Chateau Ste. Michelle has been available here (thank you CAFTA…) My food is Asian Fusion, lots of spice and flavor, and this should have been the perfect wine for it, but I guess I got a bad batch, because several of the bottles were just terrible. Thankfully, the distributor took it all back, and it’s now off my wine list, although I kept the Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer, which I really like.
    Thanks for the comments, though.

  6. Just thought I’d let all of you know that this wine is $9.99/bottle at Trader Joe’s in the greater Boston area.

  7. @Anne figured yours would be more expensive in Costa Rica but shocked @Cindy is paying $4 more at TJ’s in Boston. I’ll have to double check my price point next time I visit. I’ve heard of $1 or maybe $2 differences but $4 seems extreme…

  8. went to a restaurant here in England and paid 21pounds!! for a bottle of the 2007 dry riesling so should you worry about 11 dollars? I think not. Nothing to rave about either with a strange unappetizing aroma.

  9. I guess I’m lucky I’m in southern New Hampshire and I found it at Walmart for $7. And for those that got it a trader joes, you should just be happy you live near a trader joes..

  10. Kept the 2007 Riesling in the wine cellar for a few years and paired it with a woodfired trout….very nice.
    A bit of a sting to the comments, paid less than $6 a bottle..

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