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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.

Eroica 2014 Eroica Ice Wine

Wine Spectator, 2017

95 Points - December 31

Just outstanding, rich and unctuous, this is impeccably balanced by refreshing acidity. Seductive apricot nectar and petrol aromas elegantly dance toward rich, polished pear and hazelnut flavors. Drink now through 2024. 400 cases made. –TF

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

Single Vineyards 2013 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot

Wine & Spirits, 2017

90 Points - December 1

Derived in part from some of Ste. Michelle’s oldest merlot vines, this is lavishly oaked, the cocoa and caramel aromas enveloping its dark plum fruit. It’s stylish and sumptuous, for grilled meat. (1,800 cases)

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 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.