Original
33 Ratings
Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(1997 Vintage) This Merlot bursts with flavors and aromas of black fruit: ripe blackberry, currant and cassis. Well-balanced oak frames intense, concentrated fruit. A lengthy finish is paired with an appealing spiciness.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Enthusiast
    (2007 Vintage) Though labeled Cabernet, this includes ample amounts of Syrah and traces of Merlot, Cab Franc and Malbec in the blend. The tannins are strikingly dry, and the peppery berry-flavored fruit seems precise and focused. Consistent in both style and quality with previous vintages, this finishes with an impression of bitter chocolate.
  • Wine Spectator
    (2007 Vintage) Ripe and appealing for its pure currant and plum fruit, resting on a modestly scaled structure. Lingers gently.