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90 points The Wine Advocate - April 5, 2013
Representing the latest in a series of bottlings that offers a barrel selection, nearly always overwhelmingly from Canoe Ridge and/or Cold Creek (though lots from contract growers always remain in the running) the Ste. Michelle 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Ethos displays forward, confitured cherry reinforced by nougat and chocolate, in keeping with Bertheau’s description of this project as “intended to make more of a New World Statement” when compared with the similarly barrel-selected Meritage. (The barrels were all new.) This is flatteringly polished, plush and expansive, the trade-off for the aforementioned virtues – at least in this vintage – being slightly less complexity and less primary juiciness or savor to the nevertheless long finish. Still, this holds lots of appeal – more or less, depending on one’s preferred style – and should perform well for several years.
90 points Wine Enthusiast - April 1, 2013
The 2009 vintage seems to have pushed the alcohol up a notch in many of the Ste. Michelle reds yielding dense, fruit-driven wines that are on the verge of being jammy. This hefty bottling delivers tons of flavor: The cassis note comes saturated with barrel-derived accents of coffee and smoke.
Indianapolis Star - March 5, 2013
Seriously, does anybody make lousy wine in Washington State? I don’t remember tasting any, and this blend is a warm, rich mouthful of concentrated joy. Grade A-.
“Year's Best Cabernets” Wine & Spirits - December 1, 2012
(92 points 4/1/12)
92 points Wine Spectator - November 15, 2012
This rich, ripe, warm and generous red delivers spicy cherry and plum flavors that pick up notes of nutmeg and flowers as notes as the finish lingers against fine tannins. (92 points)