2015 Long Shadows Winery Merlot Pedestal

Year: 2015
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.4%
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75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

"The 2015 Pedestal Merlot is a rich, dramatic wine that wafts from the glass with aromas of black cherries, crème de cassis, cigar tobacco and mocha. On the palate, it's broad, full-bodied and lavish, with ripe, generously oak-inflected flavors and an ample core of fruit, structured by fine-grained but youthfully chewy tannins, concluding with a sweet, spicy and somewhat heady finish. The most exotic and expressive wine in the Long Shadows range, it's crafted by Michel Rolland." (WA)

"Bright red-ruby. Deep Pomerol-like aromas of red berries, plum, toffee and meat; the least oaky Pedestal to date? Plump, savory, rich wine with a restrained sweetness and even a bit of medicinal reserve to its broad plum and berry flavors. This very fleshy wine is fatter and better balanced than the 2014 version, with a more subtle oak element. Finishes wonderfully horizontal and long, with sweet tannins coating the front teeth and incisors. (15.4% alcohol)" (VM)

"A very vivid and pure red with aromas of blackberries and blueberries. Hints of violets and licorice, too. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Shows tension and focus. Give it two or three years to soften. A blend of 75% merlot, 15% cabernet sauvignon and 10% petit verdot. Drink in 2020 and beyond." (JS)

"The 2015 Pedestal Merlot from Long Shadows is a blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot aged 22 months in 85% new French oak barrels. Crème de cassis, wood smoke, scorched earth, and graphite characteristics all emerge from this rich, full-bodied, voluptuous beauty that has more mid-palate depth and richness than any other Merlot made in the state. With ample tannin, it will benefit from a year or three and keep for 15. It's a gorgeous wine." (JD)

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