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Canoe Ridge Merlot 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Refined elegance marks our 2006 Merlot. Opening with heady aromas of cherry, blackberry and a roasted coffee bean, the wine's bold greeting exposes the nature of its unique origin. Across the palate, supple flavors of forest berry and plum fluidly move in balance with a bright acidity and understated spiciness. Well integrated tannins hold through for a vibrant, lingering finish, complimenting robust pasta dishes, herb-stuffed chicken breast, or marinated pork loin.

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Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard:
Our estate vineyard is located in Washington State's preeminent wine region, the Columbia Valley. We produce wines with intense flavors by growing our grapes in a unique location with distinctive soils and microclimate. In 1989, a group of farmers started planting winegrapes on Canoe Ridge, which up to that time had been home to only badgers and sagebrush. Canoe Ridge Vineyard's original 101 a... Read more
Our estate vineyard is located in Washington State's preeminent wine region, the Columbia Valley. We produce wines with intense flavors by growing our grapes in a unique location with distinctive soils and microclimate. In 1989, a group of farmers started planting winegrapes on Canoe Ridge, which up to that time had been home to only badgers and sagebrush. Canoe Ridge Vineyard's original 101 acres of plantings were completed and additional acres were developed. A total of 143 acres are now in full production. Our estate vineyard overlooks the vast Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses 29,370 acres of marshes, sloughs, open water and cropland. This is a popular nesting area for Great Basin Canadian geese, several species of ducks and other marsh and water birds. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Canoe Ridge Merlot

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,752
4.00 5
05/27/2010

The nose on this shows excellent precision and while there is a touch of noticeable oak it acts to help frame the fruit and gives the cocoa and wild cherry nose a nice touch of roasted nuttiness. Very soft and smooth on entry with a gentle feel that slow spreads out on the palate. The coca tones are more prominent on the palate and the fruit leans more toward a spice plum tone with a nice bed of tannins adding some stiffness under the fruit. Interesting mocha tones on the moderately long finish blend with a toasted hazelnut edge to give this a complex finale. A fairly refined effort, and one that can improve over the short-term but already delivers an elegant drinking experience. Ideally suited for more delicate red meats such as Filet Mignon. 89pts


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Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
7729671,563
3.00 5
06/20/2011

Review for the 2007: spicey wine.


Snooth User: Fuzzy106
48492619
4.00 5
04/03/2011

I am getting this at my local wine store for $9.99. I'm not a wine expert by any stretch, but this stuff is awesome. And it would be awesome at it's list price. Lots of chocolate texture and toffee flavor to be found. This is in my top five of all wines I've tasted.


Snooth User: Markus Gruber
29278280
3.00 5
11/17/2009

Three glasses



Refined elegance marks our 2006 Merlot. Opening with heady aromas of cherry, blackberry and a roasted coffee bean, the wine's bold greeting exposes the nature of its unique origin. Across the palate, supple flavors of forest berry and plum fluidly move in balance with a bright acidity and understated spiciness. Well integrated tannins hold through for a vibrant, lingering finish, complimenting robust pasta dishes, herb-stuffed chicken breast, or marinated pork loin.

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