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Limited Release 2011 Limited Release Unoaked Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

91 Points, “Editors' Choice” - April 1

Part of a Limited Release series, this is an all-stainless Chardonnay. Ripe, tart and focused, it offers spicy bursts of yellow and green fruits, and it shows a sur lie-derived texture. The pinpoint details are gorgeous.

Columbia Valley 2011 Gewürztraminer

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

88 Points, “Best Buy” - April 1

Off-dry and balanced, this wine exudes floral and spicy aromas. It has a citrus highlight and a rose petal scent.

Single Vineyards 2010 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

90 Points, “Editors' Choice” - April 1

Made in fairly modest quantities, this Merlot bears dark fruit that shows a pleasing, dusty quality. The blend includes 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, which keeps it in the Bordeaux-style camp. Firm and concentrated, it finishes with a tasty mix of cocoa, coffee grounds and Asian spices.

Limited Release 2009 Limited Release Malbec

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

90 Points, “Editors' Choice” - April 1

Part of a Limited Release series, this supple, oaky Malbec includes Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Made from Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard fruit, this offers compelling blue- and black-fruit flavors that are wrapped in coffee and cream notes. It's a structured wine that can be cellared up to a decade. (online exclusive review)

Artist Series 2009 Artist Series Meritage

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

90 Points, “Cellar Selection” - April 1

Most of the grapes came from the excellent Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard, and the rest were sourced from Cold Creek Vineyard. Dark, saturated flavors of black cherry and cassis are balanced against ripe, firm tannins. It’s full bodied and flavorful, and it displays plenty of power.

Limited Release 2011 Limited Release Waussie Riesling

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

88 Points - April 1

Part of a Limited Release series, this is quite dry despite the 12% alcohol. It's lightly spritzy and fragrant of honeysuckle and Jonagold apples. Fresh and lively, this demonstrates excellent balance.

Columbia Valley 2011 Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

87 Points - April 1

This bears apple and pear flavors that are set amidst buttery, toasty accents. It's smooth and easy to drink, and the mouthfeel has a certain oiliness.

Limited Release 2009 Limited Release Mourvèdre

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

89 Points - April 1

Part of a Limited Release series, this wine includes 17% Syrah, but the varietal character of the Mourvèdre shines through. Light touches of chocolate, clean earth and mineral underscore flavors of plum and cherry. There is also a streak of vanilla, perhaps from aging in French and American oak.

Limited Release 2009 Limited Release Druthers Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

89 Points - April 1

Part of a Limited Release series, this may be both the most expensive and most alcoholic Cabernet ever made by Chateau Ste. Michelle. Superripe and saturated, it's propped up by balancing acidity, but the alcohol suppresses nuance and terroir. It's a wine to sip slowly, like a young Port.

Limited Release 2009 Limited Release Cold Creek Red

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

87 Points - April 1

Part of a Limited Release series, this high-alcohol blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah and the rest a mix of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Syrah component takes over, with deep berry fruit that is encased in rather hard and somewhat herbal tannins. It's tight and chewy at the moment.

Limited Release 2009 Limited Release Boreal Red Wine

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

90 Points - April 1

Part of a Limited Release series, this Syrah is made from fruit that was sourced from the Wahluke Slope, and it's co-fermented with 5% Viognier. Solid and substantial, it offers clear flavors of coffee, licorice, herb and earth, plus a deep, saturated note of blackberry syrup. A touch of dark chocolate infuses the finish.

Ethos Reserve 2009 Ethos Reserve Syrah

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

89 Points - April 1

Made from Cold Creek and Wahluke Slope fruit, this pure Syrah is compact and dense, and it reveals blueberry and boysenberry flavors that are set in a frame of coffee-flavored tannins…

Ethos Reserve 2009 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

90 Points - April 1

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.

Single Vineyards 2009 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

88 Points - April 1

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.

Single Vineyards 2009 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

89 Points - April 1

This workhorse vineyard supplies grapes to a wide variety of wines across the entire Ste. Michelle portfolio, but the vineyard-designated wines are much more limited, and they're often the best of show. As the alcohol reaches 15.5%, this selection is sappy, dense and a bit warm.

Artist Series 2009 Artist Series Meritage - Data Label

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

90 Points - April 1

Most of the grapes came from the excellent Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard, and the rest were sourced from Cold Creek Vineyard. Dark, saturated flavors of black cherry and cassis are balanced against ripe, firm tannins. It’s full bodied and flavorful, and it displays plenty of power.

Artist Series 2009 Artist Series Meritage - Chaos Label

Wine Enthusiast, 2013

90 Points - April 1

Single Vineyards 2010 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot

Wine & Spirits, 2013

88 Points - April 1

This wine’s richly extracted fruit has savory notes of beef jerky and sundried tomato. The flavors are oak-driven, building a chocolaty merlot for barbecue.

Ethos Reserve 2009 Ethos Reserve Syrah

Wine Spectator, 2013

92 Points - March 31

Dark and dense, this is smoky and peppery around a plush core of plum, currant and grilled bacon, finishing with strong savory notes.

Ethos Reserve 2010 Ethos Reserve Merlot

The Wine Advocate, 2013

88 Points - March 1

Tasted from barrel as a finished blend largely from Cold Creek and including some Cabernet Sauvignon, the Ste. Michelle 2010 Merlot Ethos displays the sweet ripeness and overt kiss of caramel and vanilla from barrel that are features of the Ethos line generally...

Ethos Reserve 2009 Ethos Reserve Merlot

The Wine Advocate, 2013

88 Points - March 1

A sappy, slightly stewed dark berry fruit steeped with bitter-edged, resinous herbs dominates Ste. Michelle’s 2009 Merlot Ethos, its barrel component adding unobtrusively confectionary suggestions. Lacking the clarity, focus, or mouthwatering savor the happily characterizes most of this winery’s reds...

Single Vineyards 2009 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot

The Wine Advocate, 2013

91 Points - March 1

Performs in a remarkably similar manner to that successor, albeit with a bit more glyceral richness and an extra measure of savor by way of salinity. There are smoky black tea, iris, sassafras, and fennel overtones with an abundance of juicy, pit-tinged dark cherry fruit and a mouthwatering finish of focus, vivacity and grip...

Columbia Valley 2011 Gewürztraminer

Wine Spectator, 2013

88 Points, “Best Value” - February 28

Fresh and soft, this brims with spicy pineapple and floral flavors, finishing with mild sweetness.

Columbia Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Spectator, 2013

89 Points - February 28

Chewy, nicely focused and appealing, with ripe black cherry and licorice flavors that dance deftly on the finish.