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Indian Wells 2015 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Spectator, 2018

90 Points, “Smart Buy” - May 31

Lively and focused, with expressive black cherry and bacon fat aromas and sleek blackberry and spice flavors that take on tannins toward the finish. Drink now through 2021. 210,000 cases made.—T.F.

Columbia Valley 2016 Gewürztraminer

Wine Enthusiast, 2018

86 Points, “Best Buy” - May 1

The aromas are like walking through a field of wildflowers, with off-dry fruit flavors to back it all up. There’s not a lot of complexity but it still provides plenty of appeal. Best Buy.

Indian Wells 2015 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast, 2018

88 Points - May 1

It seems quite blue fruited for a Cabernet, with aromas and flavors of plum and blueberry along with herb, vanilla and baking spice. It doesn’t seem particularly varietal but it’s pretty delicious all the same.

Single Vineyards 2015 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay

Jeb Dunnuck, 2018

91 Points - April 5

The 2015 Cold Creek Chardonnay offers plenty of ripe Chardonnay fruit, yet stays fresh, lively and crisp on the palate. Peach, buttered citrus and some floral notes all give way to a medium-bodied, balanced, clean Chardonnay that offers considerable value at the $22 price point.

Single Vineyards 2015 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Jeb Dunnuck, 2018

90 Points - April 5

Always a terrific value, the 2015 Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon from the Horse Heaven Hills is a beauty, and readers looking for a quality Cabernet Sauvignon for drinking over the coming 7-8 years that won't break the bank should check this out.

Impetus 2014 IMPETUS Red Wine

Jeb Dunnuck, 2018

95 Points - April 5

A more limited production cuvée is the 2014 Impetus Red Wine, which is made from 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Syrah, and the rest Malbec aged all in new oak.Crème de cassis, crushed rock, spring flowers, and a touch of graphite all emerge from this pure, full-bodied effort that's still holding things relatively close to its vest.

Artist Series 2014 Artist Series Red Wine

Jeb Dunnuck, 2018

94 Points - April 5

Saturated purple in color, the 2014 Artist Series Red Wine boasts terrific notes of blackcurrants, spice box, white flowers, and hints of chocolate. Deep, rich, medium to full-bodied and concentrated, with sweet tannin, it's a beautiful wine from this estate that offers tons of charm and character.

Columbia Valley 2016 Riesling

Wine & Spirits, 2018

87 Points, “Best Buy” - April 1

Ste. Michelle, one of the world’s largest Riesling producers, offers one of the best $9 white wines made in the USA. This one has a lemony aroma and flavors of juicy apple. It’s a simple, mouthwatering wine to serve chilled on summer afternoons.

Indian Wells 2015 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend

Wine & Spirits, 2018

88 Points, “Best Buy” - April 1

This is a kitchen-sink blend of cabernet, syrah, merlot, malbec and other grapes, with the vineyard’s warm climate marking the wine’s dark flavors. It’s chewy with plum and oak scents, chocolatey and rich on the palate, a crowd pleaser for barbecue.

Limited Release 2016 Mimi Chardonnay

Wine & Spirits, 2018

90 Points - April 1

This is crisp and lemony, with a forward juicy-apple note that’s light, fresh and firm. With its nervy acidity, it’s suitable for chilling down to serve as an aperitif.

Indian Wells 2015 Indian Wells Red Wine Blend

Wine Enthusiast, 2018

86 Points - March 1

Syrah and Merlot make up the majority of this blend, which is topped off with pinches of other Bordeaux and Rhône varieties. The aromas are inviting, with notes of blueberry pie, herb and smoke. The fruit flavors don’t entirely deliver on this promise, with quite-light plum notes that paint around the edges.

Columbia Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Spectator, 2018

89 Points, “Best Value” - February 28

This snappy white offers tropical fruit and spice flavors that finish on a bright, crisp note. Drink now. 273,000 cases made.—T.F.

Columbia Valley 2016 Riesling

Wine Enthusiast, 2018

89 Points, “Best Buy” - February 1

This wine bursts with ripe peach, honeysuckle and jasmine aromas. It drinks off-dry, the palate redolent of juicy stone fruit and mouthwatering acidity. The balance is exquisite. More, please! —S.S.

Columbia Valley 2016 Chardonnay - Special Anniversary Bottling

Wine Enthusiast, 2018

88 Points, “Best Buy” - February 1

This wine has a throwback label celebrating Chateau Ste Michelle’s 50th anniversary. Upfront aromas of clarified butter, peach and spice are followed by medium-bodied stone fruit flavors. It’s a varietal crowd-pleaser. —S.S.

Limited Release 2016 Mimi Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast, 2018

90 Points - February 1

This wine is named after former Canoe Ridge Estate vineyard manager Mimi Nye. Its high toned, pretty pear, yellow apple and barrel spice aromas lead to crisp focused, well-balanced fruit flavors that linger on the finish. It’s a spot on example of this variety and style. —S.S.

Indian Wells 2016 Indian Wells Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast, 2018

88 Points - February 1

This wine’s baking spice, vanilla, white flower and peach aromas are followed by sweet, full-feeling stone fruit and spice flavors that pull up short on the finish. It’s a straightforward crowd-pleaser. —S.S.

Single Vineyards 2016 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling

Wine Enthusiast, 2018

88 Points - February 1

This wine’s aromas are a bit reticent, which is unusual for this variety, with slate, lime and white peach notes. The palate is more generous, with off-dry, lightly spritzy stone fruit flavors. There are some good things going on, but they don’t quite come together. Some additional time in bottle may help. —S.S.

Impetus 2014 IMPETUS Red Wine

Wine Enthusiast, 2018

91 Points - February 1

The inaugural release of this wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (57%), Syrah (34%) and Malbec. The aromas pop with plum, cherry, herb and barrel spice notes. The palate is broad and incredibly pleasing. —S.S.

Columbia Valley 2016 Chardonnay

Wine Spectator, 2018

88 Points - January 18

Sleek and light-bodied, with easygoing apple skin and citrus flavors that finish on a snappy note. Drink now. 1140000 cases made. –TF (WEB ONLY)

“Daily Wine Pick ” - February 13, 2018

Columbia Valley 2016 Riesling

Wine Spectator, 2018

88 Points - January 18

Fresh and vibrant, with juicy and slightly sweet grapefruit and pear flavors that finish on a spicy note. Drink now. 790,000 cases made. –TF (WEB ONLY)

Single Vineyards 2016 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Spectator, 2018

87 Points - January 18

Bright and tangy, with lemon-lime and fresh grass flavors. Drink now. 82,500 cases made. –TF (WEB ONLY)

Columbia Valley 2014 Syrah

Wine Spectator, 2017

89 Points, “Top 100 Value” - December 31

Expressive blackberry and smoky meat aromas lead to modestly proportioned licorice and cracked pepper flavors framed by ripe tannins. Drink now through 2022. 15,000 cases made.—T.F.

Ethos Reserve 2015 Ethos Reserve Late Harvest Riesling

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

92 Points, “Best of the Year - 2017” - December 31

The aromas pop, with notes of brown sugar, dried pear and honey. The palate is incredibly rich and intense but with high-wire acidity that keeps all of the fla¬vors in vivid focus. The sense of balance is exquisite.

Columbia Valley 2014 Syrah

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

87 Points, “Best of the Year - 2017” - December 31

Vanilla, baking spice, huckleberry, herb and blackberry aromas are at the fore. The black and blue-fruit flavors are soft and supple, bringing light savory notes that provide appeal. —S.S.