By Kori ~ September 23rd, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc from the Columbia Valley of Washington State.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington Stateâ€™s founding winery with its roots dating back to the repeal of Prohibition. In 1976, Ste. Michelle built a French-style chateau in Woodinville, just northeast of Seattle. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelleâ€™s vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains, all of their white wines, including this Sauvignon Blanc, are made in Woodinville.
â€œThe mostly stainless steel fermentation makes this a crisp, refreshing style of Sauvignon Blanc. The wine offers fresh aromas of herbs and lavender with a beautiful floral note. A touch of Semillon is added for richness. This wine would pair well with dishes with cream sauce.â€ â€“Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker
2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley, Washington): 89% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Semillon. Pale, greenish straw yellow in color. Aromatic with apple, pear, and minerality on the nose. Lemon, lime, and other citrus fruits come through on the palate. Dry and light-bodied with tart, crisp acidity and a long finish. Well-balanced and refreshing.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $8.99; Available elsewhere, $8 to $13
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25