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Canoe Ridge Merlot 2006

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
  • WE 90
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Winemaker Notes

Produced from our estate vineyard on the renowned Canoe Ridge, this varietal has been our focus from the start. Our Merlot is an elegant, supple wine with the finesse of a Pinot Noir and lush fruit characteristics of Canby raspberry, Bing cherries and shaved Belgian chocolate.

Critical Acclaim

WE 90
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Dark and plummy, with the characteristic black cherry fruit of the vineyard. There is also a streak of toffee that is a marker for the vineyard. Around 10% Cabernet Sauvignon was added; the aromas are fresh and sweet, with just a hint of coffee and herb. The tannins are smoothing out but will improve with more bottle age.

Canoe Ridge

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Canoe Ridge, Columbia Valley, Washington
Canoe Ridge
Canoe Ridge Vineyard's estate vineyard, uniquely sited at a broad section of the Columbia River in eastern Washington, produces grapes of uncommon quality. The vast river moderates temperatures, prolonging the grapes' time on the vines during summer days, which are longer at this northern latitude, while protecting the vines from hard freezes in the winter. Sheltering ridges limit wind damage and hold warmth around the vines. The grapes from this vineyard are as unique as... View More