Canoe Ridge Reserve Merlot 1999

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

$43.99
Item No. 50449
  • red wine
  • WS90
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Winemaker's Notes

A block on the far eastern side of our estate vineyard has always produced fruit with intense flavors. For several vintages we have kept this fruit separate, subdivided into different numbered lots, to follow its development. In the final blending we added it to our estate Merlot. The 1998 vintage was the first year we kept it separate from start to finish and bottled a Reserve Merlot. For the 1999 vintage, Lot 10 was blended with five barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon to produce the intense flavors and elegant mouthfeel that we've come to expect from this special vineyard block.

The nose is full of big, dark berry aromas. The fruit marries well with the balanced wood and spice on the palate. It is a mouthful of wine, with many complex layers of fresh blackberries, cassis, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. This wine is flat out yummy.

To match it with food, spin the big wheel of cuisine and see where you land. It goes with everything from Mongolian duck and brown rice to Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes. This wine begs for meat – grilled, roasted, pan-seared, smoked, broiled, or tartare. I recommended the wine, you choose the mood. -John Abbott, Winemaker

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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...

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Learn About Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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