Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Horse Heaven Hills Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard 2010

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The vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate was planted on the south face of the ridge that rises 950 feet above sea level. The steep slope and the vineyard... Read more

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Source: NapaCabs.com
11/15/2012

The vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate was planted on the south face of the ridge that rises 950 feet above sea level. The steep slope and the vineyard s proximity to the river, along with blusterywind patterns, combine to alleviate frost pockets and seasonal temperature extremes.


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783215 Snooth User: mandybee
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4.50 5
07/01/2011

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes were sorted with a new grape receiving system and MOG (materials other than grapes) separation system that gets fruit to the fermenters in a much more gentle and pure fashion, allowing for better varietal expression and softer mouthfeel. Ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity, including natural yeasts. n Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. The pumpovers can vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment is tasted daily to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques and find the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins. Aged for 18 months in 19% new French Oak and 41% new American oak. Frequent aerative racking took place during barrel aging to soften tannins and enhance mouthfeel.

Tasting Notes:

Our Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot presents flavors of ripe cherries and dark fruit followed by dusty old-world tannins. With increased vine age, this wine is showing more depth, richness and layers of flavor. Try pairing this wine with Italian food.

Grapes were sorted with a new grape receiving system and MOG (materials other than grapes) separation system that gets fruit to the fermenters in a much more gentle and pure fashion, allowing for better varietal expression and softer mouthfeel. Ripe grapes were destemmed and inoculated with various strains of yeast to maximize complexity, including natural yeasts. n Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. The pumpovers can vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment is tasted daily to evaluate the evolution of the tannins, modify extraction techniques and find the right moment to drain the wine off of its skins. Aged for 18 months in 19% new French Oak and 41% new American oak. Frequent aerative racking took place during barrel aging to soften tannins and enhance mouthfeel.

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Chemical Analysis:

Total Acidity: 0.46 grams per liter

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