91%
of 44
would buy again
91%
of 44
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91% of 44

Ondine Chattan Cannonball Eleven Russian River Valley Merlot 2017

91%
of 44
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91%
of 44
About this rating

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Vintage

% Would Buy It Again

2017

91% of 44

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Ondine Chattan Cannonball Eleven Russian River Valley Merlot 2017

91%
of 44
would buy again
91%
of 44
About this rating

This rating is unique to the current vintage, at the current price.

Vintage

% Would Buy It Again

2017

91% of 44

Market Price
Angels save money compared to Market Price...

Our market price is what you’d actually have to pay for this wine at an old-fashioned retail store.

It’s based on the price of wines sold at other companies, that have received the same customer ratings or awards from third parties.

If you buy one of our wines and disagree with the Angel Price, we’ll give you your money back.

  • Cannonball Eleven Merlot 2016

    Sold by drinkcannonball.com

    $34.99

    (As of 02/03/0021)

  • Ferrari Carano Merlot 2017

    Sold by grandwinecellar.com

    $31.99

    (As of 02/03/0021)

  • Cannonball Eleven Merlot 2016

    Sold by wine.com

    $27.99

    (As of 02/03/0021)

$30.99

Angels Angel Price

$19.99

Market Price
Angels save money compared to Market Price...

Our market price is what you’d actually have to pay for this wine at an old-fashioned retail store.

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  • Cannonball Eleven Merlot 2016

    Sold by drinkcannonball.com

    $34.99

    (As of 02/03/0021)

  • Ferrari Carano Merlot 2017

    Sold by grandwinecellar.com

    $31.99

    (As of 02/03/0021)

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    Sold by wine.com

    $27.99

    (As of 02/03/0021)

$30.99

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$19.99

About the wine

Luscious, barrel-aged Merlot from your go-to Russian River Valley expert
  • This rich, sumptuous Merlot packs a lush mouthful of fruit, like a bite of juicy dark plum or tender, plump raspberry. 23 months of barrel aging in French oak gives Ondine’s elegant red a sleek, lengthy finish that every Angel deserves to try at least once. 
  • Ondine’s connections in the Russian River Valley run deep. Her long friendships with the area’s top growers helped her source this world-class, hand-harvested Merlot from the postcard-perfect Adam & Eve Vineyard, which has been lovingly farmed by three generations of the same family.  
  • This scrumptious, acclaimed Merlot is a very limited production, with only so many bottles to go around. Seize the moment to bring home a bottle (or two) – after that first sip, you’ll be thanking yourself over and over.

Best before
This is a wine of significant structure. It is certainly capable of being cellared for several years (5-7) if you're seeking earthy complexity. If instead you prefer for the fruit to dominate, I suggest enjoying it in the shorter term (over the next 3 years). Merlot is the foundation of some of the world's finest and most collectible wines and this one too holds great potential, though the attractive firm tannins and full mouthfeel are showing well now.

Serving advice
A little aeration, specifically a decanter or Vinturri will open this wine up and show its expansive flavor and aroma profiles. This is a big, substantial wine with a fine framework and it may start out seeming a bit muted or closed, so that aeration (or vigorous swirling in the glass) will reveal all the delights it has to share. Absent some active aeration technique, simply opening 30 minutes prior to serving will be beneficial as well.

Food match
Tomatoes with their tangy sweetness and lively acid make a great pairing with Merlot. A simple favorite with this wine is tomato toast with a drizzle of Arabequina olive oil and a bit of garlic. For something a bit more substantial, a mushroom and swiss burger will pair wonderfully as the nutty cheese notes and earthy meat and mushrooms will go well with the dried herb backnotes of the wine but still allow the full juicy fruit to prevail. Merlot is versatile though and pairs well with chicken dishes as well, as long as there is an herb or earth component in the recipe.

Ondine Chattan Cannonball Eleven Russian River Valley Merlot 2017

Contains sulphites

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Russian River Valley (Sonoma County)

Merlot

Fruity Red

14.6% ABV

750ml

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Meet the winemaker - Ondine Chattan

  • Unmistakably one of the North Coast’s top winemaking talents, Ondine Chattan’s worked for wine institutions – famed wineries like Ridge Vineyards, Cline Cellars, and spent decades running famed Healdsburg winery Geyser Peak.

  • Does Geyser Peak sound familiar? It should – it’s the long-time winemaking home of one legendary Daryl Groom – and it’s where these decades-long colleagues and friends met. They’re still close… in fact, they might collaborate on exclusive wines now and again.*wink.*

  • Ondine is awestruck by the wine community Angels have built – and she wants to help it grow. “I truly connect to people through the wines I make,” she said. “The stories of the growers, the vineyards, and the process behind the wine are as vital to me as grapes.”

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91% of 44 would buy it again
$19.99

2017

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