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91 points The Wine Advocate - April 5, 2013
Scents of dark plum and cherry are joined by herbal high tones, smoky black tea, as well as suggestions of sea breeze in Ste Michelle’s 2007 Merlot Cold Creek Vineyard, all anticipating a juicy, bittersweet, faintly medicinal pit- and salt-tinged palate impression. With a flatteringly polished feel and next-sip compelling combination of primary fruit juiciness; herbal pungency; and salinity, this finishes with aplomb and promises to drink well for another several years.
90 points The Wine Advocate - April 5, 2013
With a blend similar to that of its 2009 counterpart and slightly lower 15% alcohol, the Ste Michelle 2008 Merlot Cold Creek Vineyard delivers much more primary juiciness of dark betters, cut, and focus. It’s still however possessed of relatively rustic tannin when compared with the polish of the corresponding Canoe Ridge bottlings. (To give you an idea of this site’s efficacy with Merlot, Bertheau says the Cabernet Sauvignon that’s blended in actually serves to soften the finished blend!) Green tea and bitter dark chocolate offer interestingly contrasting accents and the finish here is impressively persistent and heat-free. Look for at least 3-4 more years of satisfaction from this fine value.
88 points Wine Enthusiast - April 1, 2013
This vineyard-designated wine includes 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Syrah. The Syrah component seems to take over, in the form of tart berry, herb and dried leaf flavors. The alcohol, which is 15.5%, mutes any other complexities. It’s a nice wine, but it doesn’t offer standard Washington Merlot flavors.
91 points International Wine Cellar - December 1, 2012
Good bright ruby-red. Expressive nose offers blackberry, dark chocolate, mocha and spicy oak. Rich and pliant in the mouth, with sweet, satisfying flavors of blackberry, cassis and chocolatey oak. A big, plush merlot with the ripe fruit to support its strong oak component and broad, building tannins. Plenty of early appeal here.
88 points Wine Spectator - August 30, 2012
Tobacco and red pepper notes add to the dark berry flavors in this firm-textured Merlot. (web only review)