Merlot is Canoe Ridge's main calling card, and this is a lean, cherry-flavored wine with an herbal tannic edge. Despite the hefty (14.4%) alcohol, it is not a heavy wine, but the tannins are rather stiff and abrasive right now. Best drinking should be in 3-5 years.
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