2014 Long Shadows Winery Merlot Pedestal

Year: 2014
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
Price :

81% Merlot 15% Cabernet Sauvignon 2% Malbec 2% Petit Verdot

"Densely structured, with a backbone of stony tannins accented by smoky plum, clove and mocha spice flavors. Best after 2018. 2,365 cases made.–TF " (WS)

"I loved the 2014 Pedestal Merlot and it’s 81% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. It offers a downright voluptuous and incredibly sexy style in its ripe blackcurrants, toasted spice, chocolate and licorice aromas and flavors. Broad, expansive, layered and pleasure bent, with ripe tannin, it's a knockout Merlot that's going to have 10-15 years of drinkability.

This estate has hit pay dirt with their 2013s and 2014s, and the quality here continues to skyrocket. While they bring in a who's who list of top winemakers for these cuvees, the day to day winemaking is handled by Gilles Nicault, who's an unquestionably terrific winemaker in his own right." (WA)

"(14.9% alcohol): Bright dark red. Complex aromas of cherry, tobacco, milk chocolate and licorice, plus a suggestion of iron-oxide minerality. Very suave and filled in but not at all heavy, with the lively red fruit and floral flavors given further lift by a minty nuance. Finishes broad and a bit youthfully medicinal, with fine-grained tannins and lovely length. This is excellent, but I'd give it another year or two before pulling the cork." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Michel Rolland, Pomerol vintner and consultant to many of the world’s top wineries, provides the vision for this limited release wine.

Tasting Notes:
The 2014 Pedestal is a deeply concentrated wine with wonderfully intense aromas of dark cherry, violet and marionberry. A core of ripe blackberry flavors are framed by notes of oak spice, roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate that leave a bold impression on the finish.

Spring arrived early in 2014, warm and dry, setting the stage for another hot summer. Temperatures were consistently warm throughout June and July without any notable heat spikes. Then in September, a pattern of warm fall days and cool autumn nights took hold, allowing grapes to reach full physiological maturity while preserving the fruits’ natural acidity. In short, 2014 was a picture-perfect vintage that produced remarkably rich, flavorful wines.

Hand-harvested grapes were double-sorted before fermentation to remove any stems or jacks that might impart harsh tannins, then the majority of the lots were cold soaked to build richness and flavor before undergoing whole-berry fermentation in 1,500 gallon upright French wood tanks. This, combined with gentle pump-overs throughout fermentation, enhanced the wine’s color and helped to provide richness on the palate. The finished wine was aged 22 months in French oak barrels, 85% new.

Similar to previous vintages, the 2014 Pedestal is a blend of four distinct Merlot vineyards, each contributing unique character to create a layered, complex wine. Conner Lee Vineyard Merlot, notable for its richness, dominates the blend. Candy Mountain and Weinbau Vineyards contribute structure and texture. Dionysus Vineyard provides deep, dark color, and 15% Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from Tapteil Vineyard gives the wine its backbone.