Ste. Michelle first planted this site in the Horse Heaven Hills in 1991, and for the first 35 years of its life, all of the 559 acres were managed by Mimi Nye. The label reflects the winds that swirl up from the Columbia Gorge, which provide natural pest control and help Canoe Ridge Estate achieve its Salmon-Safe designation. Brian Mackey and his red wine team deftly use a blend of new French and American oak to create a remarkably balanced and concentrated expression of Merlot that offers dark red fruit, toast and baking spices.
Rating: Double gold medal – 96 points
Production: 2,491 cases