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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 and 2018

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.

“Top 100 Values of the Year” - May 1, 2018

Columbia Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine & Spirits, 2017 and 2018

88 Points - 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.

“Top 100 Values of the Year” - May 1, 2018

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.

Columbia Valley 2016 Pinot Gris

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

88 Points, “Best Buy” - September 1

Aromas of melon, pear and candied apple lead to medium-bodied fleshy feeling fruit flavors. It brings a pleasing sense of acidity—a delightful white. —S.S.

Columbia Valley 2016 Dry Riesling

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

88 Points, “Best Buy” - September 1

The aromas are somewhat lighter in style for the variety, with notes of pear, lime, peach and citrus zest. As promised, it drinks dry with elegantly styled peach and citrus flavors that finish tart. —S.S.

Columbia Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon - Special Anniversary Bottling

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

89 Points - September 1

For Cabernet, the aromas are surprisingly blue and purple fruited, almost smelling more like a Syrah. Putting that aside, it brings a lot of appeal with a real sense of freshness to the fruit flavors. The tannins seem a bit bunched up at present, needing a little more time to stretch out. Still, it provides plenty of enjoyment.

Indian Wells 2014 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

87 Points - September 1

Aromas of matchstick, herb, vanilla and cinnamon are followed by a creamy-feeling palate that equally mixes fruit and barrel flavors. The tannins seem a bit bunched up. —S.S.

Ethos Reserve 2014 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

89 Points - September 1

Aromas of ham, coffee, blue and black fruit, vanilla and spice lead to big chewy tannins and a palate full of black and purple-fruit flavors. It’s bold but still brings a sense of refinement, with the tannins quite grainy. The variety seems a bit hard to find and the wood a bit heavy. —S.S.

Single Vineyards 2014 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

90 Points - September 1

Barrel-forward aromas of vanilla and toast are in front of herb and cherry. The palate brings a sense of polish and appeal, with the tannins bringing some squeeze on the finish. —S.S.

Single Vineyards 2014 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

90 Points - September 1

The aromas bring spicy notes of cayenne pepper, along with notes of dark-roasted coffee, wood spice and cherry. The palate is full of polished yet voluptuous dark-fruit flavors that are backed by lightly grainy tannins. —S.S.

Artist Series 2014 Artist Series Red Wine - The Sound Label

Wine Enthusiast, 2017

91 Points - September 1

Cab Sauv makes up 73% of this wine, along with 20% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Tightly wound aromas of wood spice, vanilla, black fruit, plum and coffee bean give way to full-bodied, palate-coating and concentrated cherry and espresso flavors that linger on the finish. Barrel influence is heavy, but it works.