The 2000 Canoe Ridge Vineyard Reserve Merlot is ablend comprised primarily of grapes grown in Block #13 ofour estate vineyard. This part of the vineyard shows a great balancein the soil with the fine sandy loam prevalent at our vineyardmixed with and overlying the volcanic basalt that is typicalof the Columbia Valley appellation. This mixture slows vinegrowth, which produces grape clusters and berries that are smalland very concentrated in flavor and color.
This concentrated fruit results in wines that are dark in colorand have depth and intense flavor. The black cherry, raspberryand chocolate aromas found in our Canoe Ridge VineyardMerlot are even more intense in this reserve bottling. The concentrationof these flavors allows the use of more new oak barrelswithout overpowering the fruit flavors. The higher level ofoak adds more richness and roundness to the palate and addssmoke and sweet toastiness to the aroma. We blended in 12 percentof Cabernet Sauvignon to fill out the middle palate and toadd additional aromas and complexity.
Vintage2000Varietal Composition88% MERLOT12% CABERNET SAUVIGNONAppellationCANOE RIDGE VINEYARDSINGLE-VINEYARD ESTATECOLUMBIA VALLEYBarrel Aging20 MONTHS85 BARRELS – 90% NEW2% AMERICAN2% HUNGARIAN96% FRENCHToast LevelMEDIUMRelease Date12/1/02Optimum Timefor ConsumptionNOW–2008Production StatisticsHARVEST DATES 09/20/00THROUGH 10/07/00SUGAR AT HARVEST 24.2° BRIXGRAPE ACIDITY 5.6 GM/LTR.GRAPE PH 3.65BOTTLING DATES 07/29/02AND 07/30/02WINE ACIDITY 5.5 GM/LTR.WINE PH 3.75ALCOHOL 13.5%CASE PRODUCTION 2053 CASES
The complexity and ripe fruit flavors of our Reserve Merlotmake it wonderful to drink all by itself, but it really shines whenpaired with food. The deep, rich body and toasty oak make it anatural accompaniment to roasted or grilled meats such as pork,beef or pheasant. It also pairs very nicely with rich, fatty salmoncovered with reduction sauces that have a touch of sweetness orberry fruit to them.