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Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2009

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
  • RP 91
  • W&S 91
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Winemaker Notes

This 2009 vintage is an elegant expression of Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot offering dark cherry fruit character. We added Syrah and Malbec to the blend for enhanced complexity. This is a great food wine and its dusty tannins make it a perfect match with Italian food.

Critical Acclaim

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

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.

W&S 91
Wine & Spirits

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.

Chateau Ste. Michelle

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Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Valley, Washington
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington with some of the most mature vineyards in the Columbia Valley. The winery combines Old World winemaking with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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