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    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2008
    Merlot - Columbia Valley, Washington

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    • RP92
    • WS91
    Price: $24.99
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    Professional Ratings: 92 The Wine Advocate, 91 Wine Spectator

    Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

    Varietal: Merlot

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 110609

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot is a complex Merlot with black cherry fruit character with refined tannins. Planted in 1991, this vineyard is getting more mature and so are the winemakers! With increased vine age, this wine is showing more depth, richness and layers of dark fruit than in previous vintages. It's a great food wine and its dusty tannins make it a perfect match with Italian food.

    Blend: 77% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah

    Critical Acclaim:

    For thoughts on Chateau Ste Michelle's uniqueness and recent evolution, consult my extensive April, 2013 text designed to introduce recent tasting notes. Black tea, sassafras, cola, and bittersweet floral perfume garland the rich, still freshly juicy cherry of Ste. Michelle’s 2008 Merlot Canoe Ridge Estate, reconvening on a palate that reveals fine-grained tannins, vivacious freshness, yet at the same time dark, savory depth suggesting peat, tobacco, and crushed stone. At 14.5% alcohol, it avoids the slight heat found in its 2009 and 2010 counterparts, and as with most of the Ste Michelle reds, the barrel component (here just over half new) remains appropriately discreet. This finishes with a wonderful combination of mouthwateringly saline savor, nuance, vibrancy, focus, and sheer persistence. A sensational value that has no doubt already picked up complexity in bottle, it ought to reward following for at least another half dozen years. Incidentally, this incorporated as blending components only (but substantially) 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. (When Ste Michelle goes unorthodox, they do so with good reason!)

    92 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Supple, ripe and generous, with a black pepper note weaving harmoniously through the focused black cherry and toast flavors that push through fine tannins on the refined finish. Drink now through 2016.

    91 Points
    Wine Spectator
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