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Friday, June 17, 2011

2006 Paloma Vineyard Merlot

Located about five miles northwest of St. Helena at the top of Spring Mountain lies the Paloma Vineyard. It's a 20 acre property that sits over 2000 feet above sea level and is planted to both Merlot and Cabernet.

Their famous Merlot is a blend of Estate Merlot and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon ranges from 12 to 18 percent depending on the vintage. The wine is generally aged in new or used French oak barrels for 19 months.

On the nose I get some really beautiful aromas of luscious black currant, bramble berry, black plum, dark chocolate, mocha, and just a hint of kalamata olive. There is definitely hints of sweet tea leaf and black cherry that begin to unfold as the wine has some time to open up in the glass.

On the palate this wine displays rich and super ripe flavors of blackberry pie, mocha, black cherry, cedar, and dark chocolate. This is very intense wine and carries loads of big ripe tannin and finishes extremely long on the palate.

I have to admit that this may be one of the more profound efforts I have tasted with California Merlot. The wine is ultra-sexy, rich, ripe, full, and almost seems sweet, although of course it's fermented completely dry. Great stuff.....just really great stuff. 95 points

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