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Bob Bertheau
Chateau Ste Michelle Head Winemaker
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Company Name : STE Michelle Wine Estates Ltd.
Company Website : www.stimson-lane.com
Company Address : 14111 NE 145th St.
, Woodinville, WA,
United States,
Bob Bertheau's Profile : Chateau Ste Michelle Head Winemaker
Bob Bertheau's Biography :

Michelle in June 2003 as its winemaker of white wines, after 16 years of winemaking in Sonoma County, California. He was promoted to Chateau Ste. Michelle head winemaker in August 2004. I am amazed at the difference in grape growing in eastern Washington, says Bob. We have such unique growing conditions here: low rainfall, extra sunshine during the growing season, cooler days at the end of harvest for longer hang time, and a pioneer spirit of the local growers and winemakers. These conditions help us grow world-class fruit and make wines of character, complexity and quality. Bob has maintained Chateau Ste. Michelle s legacy of crafting award-winning Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, while putting his own signature on the wines. My goal is to use winemaking to bring out the natural varietal character and the regional expression in the wines, says Bob. I have learned from Ernst Loosen, our German winemaking partner on Eroica Riesling, how to protect fruit purity and produce fresh, fruit-driven Rieslings. For Chardonnay, Bob adds, I m using more Burgundian yeasts and have changed our lees stirring and oak regimes for better integration of oak flavors and more harmonious, soft Chardonnays. Washington s red varieties have great structure and intense fruit. My goal with the reds is to harness the tannins for more accessible red wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle. Prior to joining Chateau Ste. Michelle, Bob made his mark at Hambrecht Vineyards and Wineries with their Belvedere and Bradford Mountain labels. In his formative years out of UC Davis, he gained valuable mentoring from such renowned winemakers as Bob Sessions at Hanzell Vineyards and David Ramey at Chalk Hill. Wanting to gain an even broader experience with a wide variety of grapes and viticulture areas, Bob also worked at Gallo of Sonoma for five years, helping to bring a smaller winery mentality to the larger facility. For Bob, the move to Chateau Ste. Michelle in 2003 was not only the chance to make wine for one of Washington s most acclaimed wineries, it was also a chance to come home. He was born in Seattle, went to school in nearby Idaho, and has most of his family living in the Seattle area. Bob has a degree in chemistry from Boise State University and an MS in food science and enology from University of California at Davis. Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle pioneered vinifera grape growing in Washington state and has been producing classic European varietal wines under the Chateau Ste. Michelle label since 1967. The winery combines an ongoing dedication to research with a commitment to classic winemaking traditions.

Bob Bertheau's Colleagues :
Name Title Email
Joy Andersen Winemaker Please login
Rick Casqueiro Domaine Ste Michelle Winemaker Kevin Corliss Please login
Paula Eakin Assist. Winemaker Please login
Doug Gore Sr. VP - Winemaking, Vineyards Please login
Gary Horner Erath Winemaker Please login

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