Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington's flagship winery, is nearly as old as I am. That means I've had a lot of years to be able to taste wines from the Woodinville behemoth.
Subsequently, it has a lineup of wines that are more than a pip on Bargain Bob's radar.
These are wines that cost $15 and under, ranging from a jammy Syrah to a fruit-forward Riesling.
Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington, dating back to 1934, and the state's second-largest winery after Columbia Crest.
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So it's only natural it would have some fine examples of bargain wines. The prices listed are those at state liquor stores and other retail outlets.
2009 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $6: This variety put Chateau Ste. Michelle on the world's wine map in a California tasting in mid-1970s.
2009 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $6: This is my personal Riesling favorite because of its wide food applications. Crisp, refreshing starting with peach and apricot aromas, then more tree fruit flavors and a clean finish.
2007 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $9: Co-fermenting with Viognier gives it a touch of citrus to go along with the dark berry jam flavors. Soft and ripe fruit makes this an easy-to-drink red.
2009 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $9: A soft style of Chardonnay with bright sweet citrus fruit character and subtle spice and oak nuances.
2009 Gewurztraminer, Columbia Valley, $6: Classic floral and spice characteristics. A touch of Muscat offers citrus notes and a deeper spice charm.
2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, $9: Refreshing style offering fresh aromas and flavors of lemongrass, apple and melon.
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley $12: Extremely berry driven with silky tannins, excellent structure and great food applications.
2007 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $12: Think black cherries on the tongue with leather and spice aromas.