2013 Paloma Merlot

Year: 2013
Appellation: Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
Price :
$46.95

NEW RELEASE!!

HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THIS FAMILY AND THEIR MERLOT FOR YEARS. ONE OF TOP HALF DOZEN OR SO EFFORTS MADE IN THE STATE!!

"Supple and sleek, with an elegant sense of complexity and accents of red currant, dark chocolate and mineral that linger. Drink now through 2026. 2,885 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"This is a strong effort from Paloma that has made its reputation for ripe, sexy, full-bodied Merlots. This wine exhibits plenty of plum, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, mocha and coffee bean in a lush, delicious and opulently textured style. It is drinking beautifully already and will continue to evolve for another decade or more." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Our Merlot is a blend of Estate Merlot and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon ranges from 14 to 16 percent depending on the vintage. The grapes for this wine are picked in very small amounts as each area of the vineyard reaches its peak of ripeness. The grapes are then de-stemmed and the individual berries cracked open by our 40-year-old Healdsburg stemmer/crusher (with the crusher rollers removed) and fermented in small open top fermenters. After fermentation the pomace is gently pressed in an old fashioned basket press and each pick is put into a stainless steel tank to settle off the gross lees. The wine then goes into our new (1/3) or used French oak barrels for 18 months of barrel aging.

The resulting wine is a big, world-class red wine capable of improving with bottle aging for at least 20 years in most vintages. Although the wine varies with the vintage, they have a consistent thread of complex aromas of black berry fruits, black stone fruits, chocolate, tobacco, spice and floral notes with a mineral overtone. On the palate the wine has a big silky mouth feel, well balanced, with flavors of berries, fruit, cocoa, cassis, and spice, and a long spicy finish. Fruit tannins in our wines tend to be big, but not harsh and are well integrated with the strong fruit.