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International Wine Cellar, December 1, 2014

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Deep ruby-red. Inviting aromas of currant, blueberry, licorice and cocoa powder. Penetrating and rather powerful, with dark chocolate, mint and menthol flavors showing a slightly medicinal quality. This fine-grained, classically dry cabernet shows the restraint of this very cool year. The tannins coat the teeth and palate on the back end. -- Stephen Tanzer

International Wine Cellar, December 1, 2014

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills

Healthy red-ruby. Pure aromas of blackberry, licorice and sage. Sweet, fat and smooth, with its richness nicely leavened by a firm spine of acids and tannins. The dark fruit flavors are complicated by notes of licorice, dark chocolate and smoky oak (75% new oak, of which about one-third was American). At once glossy and firm-edged on the finish, leaving behind a savory tobacco note. More obviously oaky than the Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot but equally seamless and elegant in an Old World way. -- Stephen Tanzer

International Wine Cellar, December 1, 2014

90 points

Chateau Ste. MIchelle 2011 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot Horse Heaven Hills

Dark red-ruby. Black cherry and spice aromas are sexed up by cocoa powder. An energetic, elegant mid weight with attractive spice character to the flavors of dark cherry, cocoa powder, graphite and leather. Finishes quite long and suave, with fine-grained tannins and noteworthy energy and lift. I’d give this a couple years in the cellar. -- Stephen Tanzer

International Wine Cellar, December 1, 2014

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Artist Series Meritage Columbia Valley

Bright, deep red-ruby. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, dark chocolate and coffee, plus a captivating suggestion of boysenberry. Pliant, sweet and nicely balanced, with the dark berry flavors accented by violet, licorice and spice notes that may be from the Cabernet Franc. Rounder and broader than the 2011, with sexy oak carrying through on the firmly tannic, classically dry finish. A hint of medicinal character suggests that this large-scaled wine will gain from a few more years of cellaring. Lovely Washington fruit here: Bertheau notes that this is our first red blend each year, which means it gets our choice of fruit. -- Stephen Tanzer

Wine Spectator, November 30, 2014

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Ethos Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Ripe and creamy, with a spicy edge to the pineapple and grapefruit flavors, lingering on the steely, mildly peppery finish. Drink now through 2016. 1,650 cases made. –HS

The Seattle Times, November 17, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

The Seattle Times featured Andy Perdue’s Top 50 Pacific Northwest Wines for 2014.
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Cold Creek Vineyard riesling, Columbia Valley.
Head winemaker Bob Bertheau and white winemaker Wendy Stuckey make more riesling than any other winery in the world, and it is some of the best. This vineyard-designated example is bright, juicy and a real treat.

Wine Spectator, November 15, 2014

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Ethos Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley

Grippy tannins cradle dark berry and chocolate flavors in this expressive, focused red, which shows depth and persistence.Best after 2015. 750 cases made. - H.S.

KensWineGuide.com, November 12, 2014

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

This midnight blue colored Cabernet from Chateau Ste. Michelle is very easy to drink and enjoy. It opens with a faint boysenberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty gentle blueberry with notes of faint oak. There was also a hint of vanilla cola as well in the background. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are quite food friendly. I would pair this versatile good value Cab with Kobe beef sliders. Enjoy

Wine Spectator, November 3, 2014

91 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Columbia Valley

Supple and expressive, with a polished texture around a precise core of pear, toasted coconut and clotted cream flavors, finishing with gentle persistence. - Web Only 2014

Wine Spectator, November 3, 2014

87 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot Columbia Valley

Lithe and sleek, with refreshing acidity to the ripe blueberry and wet earth flavors, gliding into a gentle, savory finish. - Web Only 2014

Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Wine Enthusiast interviewed Ernst Loosen, as the man behind the Riesling's triumphant return with a mention of Chateau Ste. Michelle's success.
Over the last 25 years, Loosen has transformed Weingut Dr. Loosen into a global empire and helped Washington's Chateau Ste. Michelle become the highest volume Riesling producer in the world.

Sunset, November 1, 2014

Chateau Ste Michelle 2013 Dry Riesling Columbia Valley

Sunset Magazine featured the Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Dry Riesling as a wine to bring for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2014

92 points, “Editors' Choice”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling Columbia Valley

Production has zoomed to almost 11,00 cases, but the quality remains. Deep, delicious flavors of melon, grapefruit and kiwi anchor the wine. The sensation of wet rocks and bracing minerality runs alongside the lip smacking fruit. Perfectly ripe, dense and wonderfully sappy, this is a real gem.

Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2014

91 points, “Editors' Choice”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Production of this single-vineyard Cabernet tripled in 2011, perhaps a nod to the quality that this site brings to the grapes in a very cool vintage. Great focus is evident in the deeply flavored cassis fruit. It's accented by barrel spice, earth, cedar and espresso, well-integrated and showing the structure for which the vineyard is known.

Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2014

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Pure Cabernet sourced principally from the Cold Creek Vineyard, this instantly accessible reserve plays out broadly across the palate, with black cherry, caramel and creamy coffee flavors in abundance. Hints of graphite and chalk carry through the tannins and into the well-defined, balanced finish.

Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2014

90 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Ethos Reserve Chardonnay Columbia Valley

A banner of vintages delivers a wine with nicely delineated layers of flavor, from fleshy tropical fruit into streaks of slightly bitter-skin flavors, herb and banana cream pie. It's long, lush and deliciously lively.

Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2014

91 points, “#6 Top 100 Best Buys 2014/ Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Dry Riesling Columbia Valley

This beautifully aromatic take on a dry style of Riesling opens with detailed scents of citrus rind and pulp. It moves into a concentrated palate with a spectrum of tart fruits - lime and grapefruit, pineapple and more. The bracing acidity carries a refreshing minerality into the back of the mouth.

Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2014

90 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills

Coming from the warm 2013 vintage, this is an aromatic offering, with notes of pineapple, kiwi, herbs and oak spices (40% barrel fermented). It's creamy in feel, but with tart, vibrant acidity that keeps the palate fresh and lively.

Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2014

90 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Riesling Columbia Valley

Clean and fresh, this juicy wine carries a bit of fruit sweetness, but the flavors are tilted towards minerality rather than fruitiness. It's wonderfully refreshing, with a mix of citrus rind, melon and white peach working into an extended, palate-cleansing finish.

Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2014

89 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Pinot Gris Columbia Valley

A return to the 100% varietal Pinot Gris, this is done in a vivid, leesy style, with excellent texture and depth of flavor. Clean and fresh herb, celery, jicama and melon flavors abound, just hinting at white peach at the far end of its gentle ripeness. The flavor penetration and over crisp definition are very fine.

Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2014

87 points, “Best Buy”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

This is all Sauvignon Blanc, with a mix of herbal components including cilantro, chervil and lemon verbena. Crisp apple fruit flavors are also present. Overall, it's a well made, rather steely white wine.

Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2014

89 points, “Editors' Choice”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

For a few dollars more than the regular CSM Cabernet, the Indian Wells delivers extra density and complexity. It hold firm, dark fruits and is slightly grainy, but well-ripened tannins carry the wine, and it's less dependent upon oak treatments and flavors of vanilla and cream. Persistent and substantial, it offers good value, and often sells for less than listed price.

Wine Enthusiast, November 1, 2014

88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

CSM's mainstream Cabernet Sauvignon now carries a "100% vinifera rootstock" designation - surely a first for any American winery. It displays more structure than some of the other, similarly priced offering from the Northwest's largest winery group. With good focus and length, its a mix of plum and berry fruit, nicely set in a frame of toast, coffee and charred wood, makes it a surefire, all-purpose medium-bodied red.

Wine Spectator Advance, October 31, 2014

88 points, “Best Value”

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Riesling Columbia Valley

Notes of apricot and pistachio round out this silky, off-dry, apple-centered white, which is vivid and expressive.

Indian Wells label on bottle