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Wine Review: Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

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I’m picky about my white wine…nothing too sweet. So when I bought a bottle to go with our salmon, I chose this. Many friends have told me I’d probably prefer a crisp, dry sauvignon blanc…and they were right. It went well with my salmon and I enjoyed every sip!

Must. Have. Wine. Mommy-Approved Score: 4 STARS

Price: $8 – $12

Where I found it: Publix

Reviews from wine experts:

Review from The Wine Trials: This Sauvignon Blanc is not as in-your-face as some of what you see coming out of New Zealand, and for that we like it. The style is a nice blend of Old World and New: the region’s cool climate ensures that grapes aren’t overripe or the wines too sweet. Château Ste. Michelle has consistently fared well with Wine Trialsblind tasters and with the wine world at large; they seem to have mastered the art of producing delicious, interesting wines for the budget drinker.

Review from Blanchards Wine & Spirits: “This Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard delivers aromas of citrus and green apple with lively herb spice notes. We used partial stainless steel fermentation to preserve the Sauvignon Blanc’s vibrant varietal character and fresh vibrant fruit and acidity are the highlights of this Sauvignon Blanc. The aroma of this wine shows melon, grapefruit, lime, and a touch of grass. The flavors are full, soft and juicy with a crisp acidity that gives the wine a beautiful long finish.

From the Chateau Ste. Michelle site:

“The cooler vintage led to a more herbal style of Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of grass, fresh herbs and grapefruit with a clean, fresh finish. The mostly stainless steel fermentation makes this a crisp wine that would pair well with dishes with cream sauce.”

– Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker

 

Cheers! Leah

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