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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
Canoe Ridge Merlot 2006
Canoe Ridge Merlot 2006
(search item no. 103426)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $11.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's 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.
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About Canoe Ridge Vineyard:

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 the area, with layers of concentrated fruit and lush, supple texture.

The winery uses traditional French cellar practices, such as small-lot fermentation, gentle handling and French oak barrels, to enhance the fruit. To allow the best expression of each lot, the winemaker tailors the yeast strains, barrel selection and fermentation practices to complement the many different dimensions of the fruit. The winery is known for its unique Merlot, which displays the traditional elegant, classic flavors of Bordeaux Merlot, yet has the suppleness of Pinot Noir.