2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Bright and refreshing, with grapefruit and green apple flavors. A hint of green pepper enlivens the finish. Drink now. 56,000 cases made. –HS " (WS)

Winery Notes:
This Sauvignon Blanc from our Horse Heaven Vineyard is a crisp, racy style of Sauvignon Blanc with citrus characteristics. We use partial stainless steel fermentation to preserve the Sauvignon Blanc’s pure, fresh, vibrant character.

V I N T A G E:
• The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington state. • Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest. • Overall, 2015 saw optimal ripening across varieties and yielded outstanding wines throughout the region.

V I N E Y A R D:
• Horse Heaven Vineyard is located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA and adjacent to the Columbia River in Paterson, Washington. • Planted in the 1970s, this is a moderately warm site, tempered by the Columbia River. • This vineyard is characterized by gentle south facing slopes, sandy loam soil and a long growing season.

W I N E M A K I N G:
• Yeasts specifically designated for Sauvignon Blanc were used to initiate the three-week fermentation and release varietal aromas. • 68% stainless steel fermented to preserve Sauvignon Blanc’s fresh, vibrant fruit character. • 32% barrel fermented for slight spice and texture in older French oak. • Sur lie aged for four months for enhanced complexity and structure.

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