Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $55

By on November 3, 2015

chateau-ste-michelle-ethos-reserve-cabernet-sauvignon-bottle-nvBob Bertheau goes top shelf for the Ethos tier, and when it comes to Cab, his bread and butter is  historic Cold Creek Vineyard. The site that rebounded from the 1978-79 winter shines in this bottling, accounting for 63% percent of this bottling from one of the top vintages of the young century. Consumers who embrace opulent oak programs will fall hard for this as the 22 months in 73% new oak creates aromas of French roast coffee, dark chocolate, black cherry, burnt popcorn and toasted coconut. On the palate, its frame is that of a linebacker with bold pomegranate, black cherry and plum skin flavors, offering ample fruit to support the oak program. Juicy acidity allows for a finish of chocolate-covered raspberry. Suggested pairings include prime rib with sweet herbs, strongly flavored cheeses and chocolate desserts.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,900 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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