A Wine for Tonight: 2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc

By Kori ~ July 14th, 2011.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2010 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 State’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. Michelle’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.

“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 Sauvignon Blanc. This wine would pair well with dishes with cream sauce.” –Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker

2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley, Washington): 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Very light straw yellow in color. Aromatic with fresh cut grass and citrus notes on the nose. More citrus fruit, especially lime and orange peel, come through on the palate. Dry and light-bodied with crisp acidity and a long, refreshing finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $13; Available elsewhere, $9 to $14

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

Reader's Comments

  1. Witless Whiner | July 14th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    One of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs. The wine tastes as good as your description and I did get this on the East Coast for $8.99 and well worth the price.

  2. Kori | July 14th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear that you were able to get it for a great price on the East Coast as well. Cheers!