We have always been impressed by the quality of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s wines. They punch way above their pay grade, delivering the complexity and depth of wines twice, and even three times, the price. Even though we love these wines, and the values they represent, sometimes we are looking for a different wine, and a different experience.
Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Ethos wines not only deliver that unique and compelling experience, they also capture the distinct complexity of the finest terroirs of Washington State. Ethos, after all, means “character” in Greek, the “distinctive spirit” of a specific culture, movement or philosophy. This perfectly describes winemaker Bob Bertheau’s vision.
That vision combines the exclusivity of limited-production wines of unique style and complexity that integrate his image of bold Washington fruit with subtle but intense European-style complexity and structure. “Best of the Vintage” wines crafted in the winemaker’s vision. Sometimes you just have to go to the source if you want the best deals on the best wines.
Chateau Ste. Michelle has developed its Vintage Reserve Club to help all their fans get these wines, and more. As a member of the Vintage Reserve Club you are not only the first to receive the coveted Ethos Reserve wines, but you also have the opportunity to explore rare “limited release” wines, receive exclusive access to winery events, enjoy complimentary wine tastings, and access to “Club Only” winery hours. There is no fee to join, and you have three membership options to choose from.
If you’re interested in great wines perfect for consumers and collectors you owe it to yourself to join Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Vintage Reserve Club. With winery direct pricing and easy membership options you’ll be able to stock up on all your Chateau Ste. Michelle favorites, and while the Ethos wines do improve in the cellar, they are great on release and would be the perfect wine to pair with your holiday meal and gift to your friends and family!
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2007 Ethos Columbia Valley Chardonnay 14.1%
The nose opens with lightly sweet nuttiness and a gentle overlay of smoky wood spice. The fruit is restrained and subdued on the nose with soft layers of quince, apple, and dried lemon peel. In the mouth this is soft and broad yet with very fresh fruit flavors reinforced by bright acidity. The mid-palate features nice richness with a faint edge of sweetness to the orange-toned peach flavors. The finish is long and tense with more of a citrus/pineapple character that leads to a light caramel finale. This has lovely barrel-fermented character with a rather light, fresh feel, and refreshing finish. 91pts
2006 Ethos Columbia Valley Syrah 14.7%
A bit chocolately on the nose with a light meaty undertone and some herbal spice and juniper tones framing plummy fruit. This opens with good precision on the palate, fine acids supporting clear, mineral-tinged plum fruit with soft tannins barely peeking through. The mid-palate sees a more pronounced oak impact with some gentle spice tones that lead to a minty, fresh, clean finish. This is a bit tight right now but well-focused with pure fruit and gentle oak influences that add complexity without obscuring the fruit. 90pts
2007 Ethos Reserve Merlot Columbia Valley 14.5%
This offers impressive aromatic depth with a very complex array of aromas ranging from plum to blueberry, oak spice to herbal with vanilla and cinnamon/burnt sugar top notes. Lovely up front with an edge of wood sweetness and spice that surrounds fresh plum, mocha, and black raspberry fruit. The black raspberry/black currant fruit becomes more pronounced on the mid-palate with some soft tannins creeping in and gentle earthiness that fills out the palate. The finish is very fresh and clean with a nice interplay between flavors that increasingly lean toward black currant and gently toasty wood spice. The finale shows an herbal flash before leaving with a pop of black currant. Lovely balance to this wine and it might very well improve with a year or two in bottle. 91pts
2007 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 14.5%
This is rather restrained on the nose with toasty, cedary wood spice notes over a bed of black cherry and black currant fruit with a hint of blueberry. Big and rich in the mouth, this has tons of fruit without being overtly fruity -- in fact, the fruit sneaks up on you slowly, revealing sweet black cherry pie filling notes backed up by gentle suggestions of tomato leaf and black spices. The acids are very well covered and the tannins add a subtle tactile impression on the mid-palate as well as a bit of spice on the backend. There’s a little toasty nuttiness on the finish as well as a hint of roasted coffee bean, all joined by cassis fruit. This is a big, opulent wine yet it remains very finely balanced and offers lovely complexity. 92pts