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2012 Merlot 1.5L
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2012 Merlot 1.5L

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"Densely structured, mixing deep fruit with mineral-tinged tannins. Aromas of currant and olive lead to firm flavors of bitter chocolate, cedar and herb." - Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

This vintage is special. It was a challenge in the vineyard, a challenge in the winery, and even more of a challenge in the bottle. For those who have enjoyed it over the years, you know exactly what we are talking about. Challenges aside, over time, this vintage has come to be our favorite in the past 10 years. So, for that reason, we have chosen to bring it back in large format only. Partly because we have had numerous customers request it and partly because we want to see how beautifully this wine will continue to age in these large format bottles. Please note that a very limited quantity is available.

The 2012 is a blend of Merlot (85%) with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (15%). It is fermented and then aged in French oak—33% new—for 18 months before being bottled in the spring, then bottle-aged for an additional 18 months before release. Please be sure to place these gift orders separately from any other purchases.

Laura's Tasting Notes on the 2012 Paloma Merlot

Please be sure to place gift orders separately from any other purchases.

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Tasting Notes
The 2012 shows wonderfully sweet-natured scents to contrast the tightly-coiled fruit and terroir notes so apparent on the palate. The nose offers focused aromas of sweet purple plum jelly, dried Bing cherry, licorice root, sweet vanilla, baking spices and developing hints of dark earth and black truffle. It is both plush and gripping in the mouth, which gives a racy texture to the deep plum and dried cherry fruit, while bringing focus to the hard mineral and dark spice flavors that support it. The finish is also sleek, but it’s ultra-long, despite the wine’s youth and structure. It will be truly grand by 2019 and is likely to live twenty years or more. 2850 cases produced.

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