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
    10% Cabernet Sauvignon. This clean and comparatively mild-mannered Merlot follows the winery norm in favoring balance and fruity precision over blustery ripeness or high extract, but, in this outing, it is easy to argue that it might be a little too restrained and subdued. We like its supple, mildly tannic construction, but its needs a slight boost in fruit to win full recommendation.
  • Ken's Wine Guide
    This wine has a nice vanilla and oaky bouquet. On the palate this wine is a very creamy and silky wine. It is very well balanced. The flavors are pure vanilla and it continues into a finish which ...
  • Robert Parker
  • Wine Enthusiast