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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.

Single Vineyards 2016 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

90 Points, “Best Buy” - December 1

Light aromas of herb, grass, papaya and kiwi lead to tart, spritely tropical-fruit flavors height¬ened by grapefruit accents. There’s no mistaking thevariety and it’s appealing, with a drawn-out finish. Best Buy. —S.S.

Columbia Valley 2015 Merlot

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

89 Points - December 1

Raspberry, cocoa, coffee and vanilla aromas lead to plump, focused fruit flavors. It’s both appealing and quite varietally correct. For those looking for a quality value Merlot, look no fur¬ther. —S.S.

Indian Wells 2015 Indian Wells Merlot

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

90 Points - December 1

Barrel aromas are at the fore, with notes of vanilla, cocoa and milk chocolate out in front of blackberry and black cherry. The palate also mixes fruit and barrel, show¬ing pleasing depth of flavors and intensity along with a silky texture. —S.S.

Ethos Reserve 2015 Ethos Reserve Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

88 Points - December 1

This wine is a bit reduced out of the gate, providing distrac¬tion from its aromas of burnt toast, apple, pear and spice. The palate is creamy in feel, with buttery flavors along with a lemony finish. If the reduction blows off it could move up a notch or two. —S.S.

Ethos Reserve 2013 Ethos Reserve Syrah

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

89 Points - December 1

The aromas pop, with notes of fresh blueberry pie, sweet herb, dark-roasted coffee and spice. The palate doesn’t quite deliver on all those aromas, seeming a bit less bold than the nose suggests. Still, this wine is enjoyable, especially after it has time to open up. —S.S

Ethos Reserve 2015 Ethos Reserve Chardonnay

Vinous Media, 2017

90 Points - October 30

Musky aromas of nectarine, lemon drop and hazelnut. Broad, fat and dry, with strong lemon, spice and mineral character giving the middle palate more definition and tension than the Cold Creek. Suaver in texture than the above two Chardonnays, but this more oaky wine will need another year or two in bottle to harmonize.

Columbia Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

88 Points - October 16

The aromas are bright, with notes of guava, pineapple and citrus. The pal¬ate is lightly spritzy with plenty of grapefruit flavors that keep the interest high. Best Buy. —S.S.

“Best Buy” - December 1, 2017

Columbia Valley 2014 Syrah

Wine Spectator, 2017

89 Points - October 16

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.

Columbia Valley 2016 Dry Riesling

Wine & Spirits, 2017

90 Points, “Best Buy” - October 1

A terrific wine for the price, this riesling’s best feature is its freshness; it’s a high-toned, leesy white leading with scents of apple blossoms and a hint of lime. The flavors are at once crisp and round, supple and generous, with the body to pair with seafood, like octopus or squid.

Columbia Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon - Special Anniversary Bottling

Wine & Spirits, 2017

88 Points, “Best Buy” - October 1

This cabernet aims for greatness and succeeds better than many wines three times its price. It has remarkable aromatic complexity, giving off smoke, cedar and olive, and its flavors have a piney top note, with just a touch of herb on the finish. It feels natural and complete—a steal at $15.

Single Vineyards 2014 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine & Spirits, 2017

89 Points, “Best Buy” - October 1

Canoe Ridge often produces the most intense wines of Ste. Michelle’s suite of red wine vineyards, and in a warm vintage this one doesn’t disappoint. The aromas of roast plum and tanbark give way to a smoky, cedary set of flavors, oak dominant, brooding and powerful.

Single Vineyards 2016 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling

Vinous Media, 2017

89 Points - October 1

Subtle but zesty scents of lemon drop, ripe peach and brown spices, lifted by a note of white flowers. Dense and broad but with its slight sweetness nicely buffered by ripe acidity and a dusty phenolic note that gives the finish a firm edge.

Single Vineyards 2015 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Vinous Media, 2017

89 Points - October 1

Ripe pear, lemon drop, anise, menthol and spices on the nose. Rich but surprisingly firm on the palate, with intense grapefruit pith and fresh herb flavors and a distinct dusting of CO2 that quickly dissipated. Very dry and uncompromising but not hard. Finishes firm and a touch youthfully bitter, with sneaky persistence.

Ethos Reserve 2015 Ethos Reserve Late Harvest Riesling

Vinous Media, 2017

92 Points - October 1

Exotic, high-toned scents of dried apricot and honeycomb, plus a whiff of rose petal. Moderately unctuous, thick, salty and penetrating, with its superripe dried apricot and orange marmalade flavors enlivened by almost shocking acidity that will probably harmonize better with the wine's fruit in a year or two.

Eroica 2015 Eroica Riesling

Vinous Media, 2017

90 Points - October 1

Subtle, fresh scents of peach, lime, orange blossom, ginger, clove and quinine. Concentrated and full but with a light touch owing to its appley acidity and piquant spicy lift. There's nothing hard or tart about this fruit bomb of a Riesling but it has a reasonably tightly coiled spring.

Single Vineyards 2015 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay

Vinous Media, 2017

89 Points - October 1

Bright light-medium yellow. Deeper-pitched on the nose than the Canoe Ridge Chardonnay, displaying aromas of soft citrus fruit, buttery lees and smoky, vanillin oak. Plush, seamless and broad; a silky, mouthfilling wine with a fairly sweet front half, then a much firmer back end featuring a pungent note of lemon drop.

Single Vineyards 2015 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay

Vinous Media, 2017

89 Points - October 1

Bright straw-yellow. Peach, orange and brown spices on the nose, plus a floral element. Dense, very ripe and surprisingly smooth, with stone fruit and pear flavors enlivened by peach pit and spicy oak. Delivers the thickness of the vintage but not quite the salinity or complexity of the 2014.

Ethos Reserve 2014 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous Media, 2017

90+ Points - October 1

Full ruby-red. Raspberry, blackberry, spicecake and bitter chocolate on the nose. Suave, fine-grained and sweet, showing lovely framing energy to its dark raspberry, licorice and spice flavors. The chocolate note returns on the finish, which features dustier tannins than those of the Artist Series red.

Single Vineyards 2014 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous Media, 2017

90 Points - October 1

Medicinal black cherry and licorice aromas are complicated by a strong torrefaction element of chocolatey oak and musky espresso. Densely packed but juicy and light on its feet, and nicely penetrating for such a rich wine. The black cherry and chocolate flavors carry through on the long, firmly tannic but subtly sweet back end.

Single Vineyards 2014 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot

Vinous Media, 2017

89 Points - October 1

Aromas of blackberry, plum, licorice, menthol, fresh herbs and spices. A supple yet rather firm midweight with sexy oak spices accenting flavors of black cherry, menthol and licorice. The adamantly dry finish features fairly suave tannins that reach the front teeth and a medicinal black fruit and bitter chocolate quality.

Single Vineyards 2014 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Vinous Media, 2017

91 Points - October 1

Smells denser but cooler than the Cold Creek Cabernet, with black cherry and licorice aromas complicated by fresh herbs. Very suave and classically dry, spreading out to saturate the palate without showing any undue weight. Sharply delineated raspberry, cherry and spice flavors offer lovely inner-mouth tension.

Artist Series 2014 Artist Series Red Wine

Vinous Media, 2017

92 Points - October 1

Smoky, spicy oak complements glossy aromas of raspberry, blackberry and licorice. Very ripe and plush but vibrant too, offering excellent density and surprising floral lift to the raspberry, herb and spice flavors. As much red fruit as black in character, but with plenty of complicating licorice, menthol and spices.

Indian Wells label on bottle