Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2009
For thoughts on Chateau Ste Michelle’s uniqueness and recent evolution, consult my extensive April, 2013 text designed to introduce recent tasting notes. The Ste. Michelle 2009 Merlot Canoe Ridge Estate – from a complex blend similar to that of its 2010 counterpart – performs in a remarkably similar manner to that successor, albeit with a bit more glyceral richness and an extra measure of savor by way of salinity. There are smoky black tea, iris, sassafras, and fennel overtones with an abundance of juicy, pit-tinged dark cherry fruit and a mouthwatering finish of focus, vivacity and grip, albeit with slight alcoholic warmth.
Built for the long haul, this rich red leads with suave oak scents. With air, the oak relents and a rich, dark cherry-skin fruit core emerges, accented by tobacco and tar, generous yet reined in by mineral tannins. Give it time to integrate, then serve with steak.
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Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry, including "American Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast for 2004 and "2005 Winery of the Year" by... View More