Expert's Choice: Washington

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This state offers less oak, extraction and general bling than Napa Valley, says Stephen Brook, and the best of these fresh wines can age for 20 years in bottle, too. See Stephen's top 18 reds and whites from Washington...
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Washington, Chateau Ste Michelle Canoe Ridge Merlot 2010
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Chateau Ste Michelle, Canoe Ridge Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills 2010

Chateau Ste Michelle, Canoe Ridge Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills 2010
Bold plum and black cherry nose – very fruity. Rich and juicy, plump and velvety, this offers a big, luxurious style but it’s not overbearing. Long, toasty finish. 17pts/20 (90/100pts)
Price £20 Tesco
Drink 2013–2020
Alc 14.5%