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(Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills) A moderately aromatic wine with the oak at the fore with cedar and penetrating vanilla notes followed by fresh raspberries as the wine opens. The palate is light bodied with abundant oak flavors while retaining a pleasing freshness. Tannins become considerably more prominent as the wine opens up. 89% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 18 months in 19% new French and 41% new American oak. 14.5% alcohol. 6,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
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