Chateau Ste. Michelle 2007 Canoe Ridge Estate merlot

Oh, the kids today are not alright. What is it about the continual dumbing down of America that each generation passes to the next? Some of you remember how it was forbidden to listen to “pagan worship” music in Elvis Presley and Chubby Checker. Others remember how mom refused to buy you any Beatles 45s. Life took a severe downward spiral with the release of “Saturday Night Fever”. Then came the oh-so-awful 80’s, at which time the parents gave up and allowed “generation lost” to succumb to the likes of this century’s Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne. Then, life appeared to stabilize until…

Omfg… I really disdain harping on this 13 year-old, but Rebecca Black’s “music” video (or try this link) has given everyone a preview of what the next generation will be influenced by. Caution: keep the volume down when watching the video AND please don’t try to make sense of the lyrics…after all, this song will soon be appearing in every neighborhood unlicensed daycare room in teaching about the days of the week. In the span of just over a week, “Black Plague” has overtaken “Bieber Fever” and Lady Gaga (which actually is a good thing), cracked the top-20 in iTunes downloads, drawn the envy of Simon Cowell, and a Rolling Stone magazine critic admits “everything that it does ‘wrong’, but it actually gets a lot of things about pop music right, if just by accident.” All I can say is she’s doing good by donating the proceeds to the Japan earthquake relief effort. And, that alone is worth the now perpetual repeating of the “Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday…” in my head. No pain, no gain.

And, remember the sounds of the ice cream truck in your neighborhood? Remember how you stopped whatever it was you were doing and ran out into the street with your life savings, all to get that chocolate-covered ice cream on a stick? Well, on Staten Island, when the Lickity Split ice cream truck dropped by its pre-arranged locations, in addition to the ice cream cones and sandwiches on the menu, the 40 year-old driver also sold…some 40,000 oxycodone pills illegally procured from forged prescriptions, which netted him over $1 million. Da-yum, I’m in the wrong business…

You know you saw this at Costco. “92 Wine Spectator” was the lure…for $14.99. Okay, so I recently reviewed a wine that hit those specs bullseye, and that got me thinking what this major rag (with out-of-State reviewers who were given this wine free) is trying to accomplish. After all, this is the same periodical that bequeathed it’s “most exciting wine” in 2009 to its “sister” winery. Whatever that means. Many have accused such a decision as influenced by advertising dollars paid (in bundles) in a form of “purchased placement.” Well, hey here’s a news flash: that’s how it works in the world of major media. And, hey, here’s another news flash: if you support such media organizations, then congratulations, that thinking is an extension of your mentality so stop whining about it. There’s nothing wrong about that system if that’s how you buy wine.

Of course, it doesn’t work that way at your workplace, now, does it? I call it simply “corruption,” “bribery,” “Walla Washington Wine Report,” and “Paul’s Unfined, Unfiltered, Unskilled-Writing, and Unfunny Wine Blog.”

Food pairing was a thick slab of pork cutlet with accompanying barbecue sauce. Mmmm, yes!

Tasted at 58-63 degrees on the IR temp gun. Dense, deep purple in the Riedel, with initial scents of cured meats (takes over from 63 degrees) followed by black cherry creme. A welterweight on the palate, the trail of flavors starts with a bloom, then sweet black cherries, drying tannins, blackberry, tangy cherries, and Luden’s cherry drops on a moderate finish.

Alcohol: 14.5%. Aged 65% in new oak for 18 months. TA 0.49%. pH 3.79. 10% cab sau. 9000 cases. Website retail: $25. Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Rated: 90. Value: $16. Paid: $15. Music pairing: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” by The Shirelles. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

FYI: The Shirelles were the first all-girl group to score a Billboard number 1 hit in the U.S. with this song in 1961, just like Chateau Ste. Michelle’s current proclamation as “Washington’s Founding Winery” (even though readers know they actually “bought” the license of the State’s eighth bonded winery (in a merger long ago) to be “technically” the oldest commercial winery). And, the Broadway play about The Shirelles, “Baby It’s You,” will begin its run at the Broadhurst Theater on March 26.

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5 Responses to Chateau Ste. Michelle 2007 Canoe Ridge Estate merlot

  1. Scott Abernethy (@wino4ever) says:

    Chateau Ste. Michelle has always had a solid lineup of wines. I’m thankful, because WA wine reputation often rides on their shoulders due to their wide distribution. I personally prefer wines from some of their other vineyards, but Canoe Ridge is not too shabby. And I agree – most of their wines are worthy of a 90 rating, WS hype or not. And with a $15 price tag (or less) on most reds, a great value.

  2. wawineman says:

    Spot on translation again, Scott!
    I enjoy the wines from Cold Creek myself but have yet to try the Horse Heaven Vineyard. CSM is a great ambassador for Washington wines to the rest of the world and I think we are very fortunate to have gems like this available at almost half off the retail.
    We take many, many Washington wines for granted at “discounts” like the above reviewed wine, so it’s time that more of us appreciate what we have and to stop bashing the big producers as just “so-so” wines.

  3. Scott Abernethy (@wino4ever) says:

    Rich Wheeler, a golfing friend of mine, recently retired from Chateau Ste. Michelle. He had an interesting job, buying grapes from all over the state for their winemakers. He considered Cold Creek his “baby”. He’s enjoying his retirement, not missing work that much, but REALLY missing his monthly wine allocation! He brings some dynamite wines or our Friday “golf, then wine ’till you drop” sessions.

  4. wawineman says:

    Heck, I would miss those bennies also, but there’s nothing like having free time and no boss to report to. Retirement should not be confused with unemployment, like the situation of more than a few wine bloggers. Cold Creek is a special place, first recommended by the late Dr. Walter Clore. So much history resides within these great tasting wines. I think that’s what makes many Washington wines stand out… the history that pre-dates even most California vineyards. Wines become so much more enjoyable when the drinker knows all of the people that devoted their lives to bringing it home. It’s not just a fancy name, there’s a story in those wines. And, an inspiring story that often leaves me…breathless!

  5. Scott Abernethy says:

    In the earlier 70’s, I hunted chuckars in the foothills overlooking what is now the Cold Creek vineyards. There also used to be a tropical fish farm nearby trying to make a go of it using Artesian well water that sprung out of the ground under pressure at 85 degrees F. Then when the vineyards went in, the Artesian well pressure went down, and the fish farm went TU. I always thought the warm water would be better used for irrigation – extending the growing season a little. But that was before I knew there were grapes other than Concord or Thompson seedless.

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