By Kori ~ August 23rd, 2012.
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 2011 Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc from the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington State.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$20
- 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 Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc, are made in Woodinville.
â€œThis Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard delivers aromas of ripe pear and notes of citrus fruit. The wine was fermented in a combination of oak and stainless steel tanks. The stainless steel fermentation preserved the Sauvignon Blancâ€™s vibrant character and refreshing, crisp quality.â€ â€“Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker
2011 Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc (Horse Heaven Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington): 94% Sauvignon Blanc and 6% Semillon. Very pale straw yellow. Aromatic with fresh cut grass, citrus, and pear on the nose. Lime, lemon, grass, and a touch of grapefruit come through on the palate. Dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long, refreshing finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 3 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $15; Available elsewhere, $11 to $18
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25