Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot 2010
|Appellation||Horse Heaven Hills|
|Brand||Chateau Ste. Michelle|
Wine SpectatorRipe, bordering on opulent, with expressive cherry, currant, floral and subtle spice flavors that ride easily over refined tannins onto the long, detailed finish. Delivers depth and intensity without bulk. Drink now through 2020. 6,000 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastMade in fairly modest quantities, this Merlot bears dark fruit that shows a pleasing, dusty quality. The blend includes 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, which keeps it in the Bordeaux-style camp. Firm and concentrated, it finishes with a tasty mix of cocoa, coffee grounds and Asian spices.
Wine AdvocateFor thoughts on Chateau Ste Michelle's uniqueness and recent evolution, consult my extensive April, 2013 text designed to introduce recent tasting notes. The first part of Ste. Michelle's 2010 Merlot Canoe Ridge was bottled last April, a bit earlier than usual for this cuvee, which typically incorporates significant Cabernet Sauvignon (here 11%) as well as some Syrah and other Bordeaux varieties. The nose offers a fascinating amalgam of peat, licorice, and dark cherry, all of which re-merge on a brightly juicy but at the same time substantial and satiny palate. The only reservation I harbor about this fine-value, focused Merlot is a bit of heat in its bittersweet, multifaceted finish. But it should prove delightful over the next several years. Just as an example of how Ste Michelle wines are put-together, 17 different lots ended up being blended to construct this one.