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Date Printed: 7/26/2014
Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2002
Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2002
(search item no. 80253)
Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Washington is well-known for its mouthwatering Merlot, and this velvety single vineyard wine from a great vintage will show you why! An incredible value, this richly aromatic wine suggests raspberry and blueberry distinguished by loads of appealing toasty cinnamon spice, vanilla, and a hint of orange zest. Deep plummy fruit flavors are remarkably well developed, balanced by ample tannins. There's an intriguing hint of black pepper in the long full finish.

"Ste. Michelle has performed well with its half of the Canoe Ridge vineyard, which faces the Columbia River just past the eastern end of the gorge. This vintage is ripe, supple and distinctive for the bay leaf and olive character running through the black cherry and roasted meat flavors, finishing with fine, firm tannins. Drink now through 2010."
-Wine Spectator

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About 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 Restaurant Wine. In addition, the winery's Eroica Riesling, crafted from a partnership with German winemaker Ernst Loosen, has been named to Wine Spectator's prestigious "Top 100" wines list for five consecutive years.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one devoted to whites and another to reds. This dedicated approach to winemaking allows winemaker Bob Bertheau to build winemaking programs to the unique specifications of red and white wines. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the climate is dry and sunny, Bob Bertheau makes the award winning white wines in Woodinville, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. The winery's expansive, 87-acre estate hosts more than 250,000 visitors annually for tours, tastings, dinners and outdoor summer concerts.