Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2006

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 99908
  • red wine
  • RP89
  • WE89
  • WS88
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1996
  • WE89
  • 1995
  • WS89
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Winemaker's Notes

The Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot is a refined and elegant Merlot with bright Rainier cherry fruit character and a soft finish. This is a very versatile, medium-bodied, food-friendly wine. Its dusty tannins make it a great match with Italian food.

Pair with lamb, pasta, beef, fowl and dishes with herbs such as basil, oregano and rosemary.

Critical Acclaim

"The red wines begin with the 2006 Merlot Canoe Ridge Estate which was aged for 18 months in French and American oak. Deep crimson-colored, the nose displays plenty of spice notes along with a slight herbal component. Full-bodied on the palate, this smooth-textured, savory effort has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. Drink it through 2018."
89 Points

"A good case can be made that the Horse Heaven Hills AVA makes the best Merlots in Washington. Soft, smooth and lightly leathery, this dense wine is loaded with dry extract, lending weight and depth to the young black fruit core. Barrel aging adds layers of cocoa powder and fine-grained coffee grounds as the wine runs into its finish."
89 Points

"A polished red, with a pretty range of plum, berry and clove flavors, lingering on the open-textured finish. Drink now through 2012. 11,500 cases made."
88 Points

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