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Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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 a s a bit of spice on the backend. There’s a little toasty nuttiness on he 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

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Chateau Ste. Michelle:
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle ... Read more
  You’d be hard-pressed (just like the grapes!) to find a more influential winery than Chateau Ste. Michelle. It’s Washington State’s oldest winery, getting its start when Pommerelle Wine Company and the National Wine Company merged in 1954 to form the American Wine Growers. From there, they created a premium line of vinifera wines in 1967 called “Ste. Michelle Vintners,” under the direction of Andre Tchelistcheff, which is where Ste. Michelle really took off. Their first vines were planted at the now-legendary Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington in 1972. When a French style chateau was built in Woodinville by Ste. Michelle Vintners in 1976, the winery finally became known as Chateau Ste. Michelle. The terroir is very important for Chateau Ste. Michelle. Columbia Valley isn’t just important because they have over 3,500 acres under vine there - they love the land, and they even helped to make it recognized as an American Viticulture Area (AVA). Columbia Valley produces more Riesling than any other American region, and Chateau Ste. Michelle leads that charge as the leading North American Riesling producer. Chateau Ste. Michelle is known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it didn’t become great magically. They actually have two separate wineries, one for making whites, and another for making reds, which allows them to have complete control of the process. In fact, they’re so serious about the difference that they have dedicated winemakers for each color. While Bob Bertheau is their head winemaker who oversees all wine, Joshua Maloney oversees only the red wines, and Wendy Stuckey cares for the white. This allows Chateau Ste. Michelle to consistently create world-class wines that never fail to surprise judges. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 11/08/2010

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 a s a bit of spice on the backend. There’s a little toasty nuttiness on he 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


Member Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/14/2013

gingerbready currants. meatier, tighter, and austere. maybe needs more time. would be great with a juicy steak.


Snooth User: Stallion
381013946
2.50 5
Vintage: 2006 10/29/2011

Not bad. Washington State is typically not known for their Cabernet. This is CSM's higher end....and it's not bad. It opens nicely after an hour in the decanter. But yet still a tad too earthy for my taste.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,546
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/30/2010

A dark ruby-colored wine, moderate and balanced tannins, fruit, and sugar are pleasant on the palate without being too overpowering. Vanilla and cherry on the nose.


Snooth User: Adam Levin
772801,765
2.50 5
Vintage: 2004 10/03/2008

Nice, soft cabernet. Very approachable and balanced. A little red fruit that is typical of Columbia Valley, but this is a very universally appealing style of wine. A bit medicinal. The wine does not develop much in the glass.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 09/03/2008

Quite possibly the best cabernet under $20. Amazing. Washington state goodness.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,575
3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/11/2008

A mineral nose, highlighted with licorice and coffee. A bit of a medicinal taste, but a solid fruity cab otherwise. Not bad at all.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,575
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 03/16/2008

As before - a very rich fruit forward wine. Good value for money. Firm bodied, but balanced by the warm chocolate and cherry notes. Still hot on the nose (1 hour after opening), but nice.


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External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

External Review
Vintage: 2009 10/31/2012

Planted in 1973, Cold Creek Vineyard remains one of the most exceptional vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The weak soil at Cold Creek a silty loam - contributes significantly to the old vine intensity of the fruit.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 11/15/2012

The word Ethos means character in Greek, the distinctive spirit of a specific culture, movement or philosophy. This describes perfectly Bob Bertheau s vision - 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/20/2012

Cabernet from this iconic 35-year-old vineyard always delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. This is a dense wine with great aging potential.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 01/03/2010

winemaker's notes: A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah and 1% Malbec. The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate ripe, jammy New World style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine really typifies the Wahluke Slope region with up front, dark fruit aromas and flavors with hints of vanilla. Vineyards in the area are more than a decade old now and showing character and complexity. Pair with stuffed peppers, bleu cheese, duck, beef, veal, lamb and dark chocolate. Herbs such as mustard, paprika, rosemary and thyme also pair nicely as well as spices such as allspice, clove, ginger, mace and nutmeg.



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