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2011 Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Canoe Ridge Estate Horse Heaven Hills

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About Chateau Ste. Michelle

Chateau Ste. Michelle is a massive operation, leading the world in the production of Riesling. 3,500 acres planted across the state of Washington produce roughly 2,000,000 cases annually. Winemaker Bob Bertheau manages not one, but two seperate wineries dedicated to the production of white and red wines respectively.

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2011 Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Canoe Ridge Estate Horse Heaven Hills

Producer: Chateau Ste. Michelle
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Merlot
Origin: Washington
Region: Columbia Valley

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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013

(includes 14% cabernet sauvignon; aged for 18 months in 43% new French oak):  Good bright red-ruby.  Cassis, mocha, licorice, dark chocolate, graphite and smoky oak on the nose.  Lush and sweet on entry, then round and seamless if a bit youthfully reduced in the middle, with cassis, black cherry and sweet oak flavors accented by cooler licorice and menthol notes.  A tad medicinal but creamy, not clenched.  Finishes broad and rather suave, with smooth tannins and noteworthy persistence.  Plenty of personality here.

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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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