A big, full-bodied, voluptuous delight! The Canoe Ridge The Explorer Red Blend.
44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Syrah, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from the Alder Ridge (40%), Canoe Ridge Vineyard (30%) and The Beches Vineyard at Wallula Gap (30%) in Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (50% new, 50% second and third use) for 20 months.
Sample submitted for review. The Canoe Ridge The Explorer Red Blend has an SRP of $22 and is available for as low as $17. Ready to buy? Check your local retailers. Only 5,000 cases produced.
For the wine enthusiast with a true Northwest taste for adventure, The Explorer by Canoe Ridge Vineyard refelcts the natural beauty and terroir of our Horse Heaven Hills vineyard overlooking the Columbia River. This fruit forward blend offers notes of cassis, blackberry, plum, and a kiss of cedar on the lingering finish.
The 2015 Canoe Ridge The Explorer Red Blend opens with a wonderfully intoxicating aroma of blackberry and vanilla in addition to secondary notes of plum, tobacco, chocolate, licorice and even a hint of smoked meat. And that's just the start. Tasting this wine reveals a big, full-bodied, voluptuous delight. There's lots of rich dark fruit, plenty of oak influence and loads of grippy tannins. All those secondary flavors from the nose also make an appearance in the mouth. Lingering chocolate, vanilla, licorice and cedar-tinged fruit last and last on the dry, satisfying finish. This is definitely worthy of an extended exploration!
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2015 Canoe Ridge The Explorer Red Blend
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