2009 Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot "Canoe Ridge Estate"
Winery: Chateau Ste Michelle
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Canoe Ridge Estate"
Wine Category: Merlot
Grape blend: 79% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Syrah, & 4% Malbec
Region: Horse Heaven Hills
State or country: WA
Cases produced: 6,900
KWG Score: 90.6 (based on 5 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)
Review date: September 19, 2012
Wine Review: This deep ruby colored Merlot from Washington State opens with a mild cherry bouquet with a hint of cedar and strawberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, not overly complex, but easy to drink. The flavor profile is a mild plum with a hint of black cherry, bacon, and old oak. The finish is dry and its gentle soft tannins are subtle. The panel suggested pairing this friendly Merlot with a Five Guys bacon, sauteed mushroom and cheeseburger or beef stew. Enjoy - KWGTP
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.
Organic status: not organic
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