This is the second time Canoe Ridge has released a reserve, lot-selection Merlot (in 1998 it was Lot No. 16). This wine is still wrapped up tight as a drum, with very young, very compact fruit that suggests depth and power. Like its predecessor, it's serious and dense, but this one needs a lot of breathing time.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: email@example.com.