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The 2018 Paloma Ode to Barbara is the perfect homage to Barbara Richards. The backbone of 54% Cabernet in the final blend reminds one of Barbara's strength, work ethic, and dedication to the vineyard, while the 44% Merlot reminds us of the soft-spoken woman who politely welcomed visitors into her home to taste wines on the deck with a swarm of hummingbirds dancing in the background. The wine opens with an exotic nose of blueberries, anise, ripe plum, and eucalyptus. On the palate, this is a full-bodied offering that entices with flavors of bing cherries, black licorice, black pepper, and a hint of cumin. Very approachable on release and easy to consume, the taster's patience will be rewarded by revisiting the wine multiple times over several hours – engaging in the friendly tug-of-war between the Merlot and Cabernet components. It's only appropriate, as Barbara was never one to back down during a spirited debate. Brava, Barbara Richards.

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