Original
28 Ratings
Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot Canoe Ridge Estate

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(From 2007 Vintage) Our winemaking goal with the Columbia Valley Cabernet is to highlight concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. This is our inviting Cab with plenty of complexity and structure. It’s also very versatile with food–try it with beef, pork or pasta.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2007 Vintage) Winemaker Bob Bertheau’s goal is to produce a softer mouthfeel and enhanced complexity in the red wines, while highlighting Washington fruit character. Ripe grapes were destemmed, crushed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity. Gentle pumpovers during fermentation were used to extract color and flavor and produce soft, supple tannins. Aged 16 months in American and French oak, 15% new.

Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on May-06
  • Wine & Spirits
    Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator