Mission Codename The Spirit of WA
When we said “make moves” we meant it, as that Acumen is SOLD OUT.
But fear not, for just $10 more, thanks to a whopping drop from the $55 winery price to $35, we bring you the flagship Washington Cab Reserve from none other than Chateau Ste. Michelle, that drinks like a dream.
Ethos is not your typical Reserve, it’s Washington’s spirit in a bottle as Chateau Ste. Michelle IS the name that put WA wines on the map, or at least one of them. How else could Wine Advocate confidently declare that “Winemaker Bob Bertheau is the driving force behind the incredible quality coming from this estate; impeccably made wines are the name of the game here.”
A striking deep yet brilliant ruby emerges from the impenetrable core. Ripe and sweet in the nose, while savory and spicy, with blackberry, cassis, cherry, chocolate, and vanilla. Build continually once sipped, with a full-bodied authority as complexity unfolds layer upon layer. Easily a minute of fruit echoes with a textural imprint that is seamless while grippy on the highly expressive finish. Built for long term cellaring, let this beauty breathe, and pair with a prime rib feast.
Critics unanimously agree as you can tell from the string of glowing reviews below. In the big picture, Chateau Ste. Michelle holds way too many awards and accolades to list in one place, including a record-breaking 22 “Winery of the Year” honors by Wine & Spirits along with 18 Wine Spectator Top-100 wines leaving everyone else distantly behind in their rearview mirror.
Too bad we were able to secure just the last bit of the vintage at this unreal price.
Won’t last! Let the countdown to sellout begin…
92 Points – Wine Spectator
“Built for the long haul, offering a firm but complex structure and accents of blackberry, smoky spice and tea that linger toward broad-shouldered but refined tannins. Best from 2020 through 2024.”
91 Points – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
“Bright medium ruby. Classic Cabernet scents of cassis, black cherry, graphite, licorice, menthol and fresh herbs. At once suave and rich, offering lovely sweetness to its tactile dark berry and black cherry fruit flavors. Today the wine’s fruit is to the fore, and it boasts lovely clarity and definition for the year. Not the last word in complexity but finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins and sneaky rising persistence. All about fruit from start to finish. Lovely wine. Drink 2020-2026.”
91 Points – Wine Enthusiast
“Appealing aromas of dark coffee grounds, cherry and spice are out front. Rich, full-bodied, power-packed fruit flavors follow, with dense firmly wound tannins backing them up. It shows the best of this often challenging vintage. Best after 2023. Decant if drinking in the near term.”
What the Winery Says
2015 'Ethos' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
- Bob Bertheau
- 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot
- Columbia Valley, Washington
- Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate, Indian Wells
- Total acidity
- 5.5 g/L
- 22 months
- 61% new French oak