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    Pedestal Merlot 2008
    Merlot - Columbia Valley, Washington

    Ratings

    • ST93
    • RP93
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar, 92 Wine Spectator, 91 Wine Enthusiast

    Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

    Varietal: Merlot

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 117429

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Vibrant flavors of fresh blackberries, currants and ripe red fruits are framed by notes of toasted oak and bittersweet chocolate. Dark and rich with great concentration, texture and a hint of baking spice that weaves through nuances of fresh huckleberry pie that linger on the finish.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The 2008 Pedestal Merlot is fashioned by the peripatetic Michel Rolland. Made up of 81% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it was aged for 22 months in 85% new French oak. It reveals a nose of cedar, Asian spices, incense, cassis, and black currant. Structured and savory on the palate with spicy black fruit flavors, it has the balance to evolve gracefully for 2-3 years and will offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2023.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Good bright red-ruby. Sexy burnished redcurrant, minerals and flowers on the nose, complicated by chocolate and graphite. Lush, ripe and broad, with layered flavors of cassis, black cherry and licorice. Large-scaled, dense and airy, and not at all overly sweet. Finishes very long, with broad, dusty tannins and excellent structure. This really echoes on the aftertaste. A very successful and sophisticated Washington merlot made under the direction of Michel Rolland. Perhaps the best vintage to date for this bottling.

    93 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    Firm in texture, with a moderate grip of tannins surrounding dark berry, black currant and licorice flavors, lingering gently and persistently. One sip demands another. Best from 2012 through 2016. 2,012 cases made.

    92 Points
    Wine Spectator

    A blend of 81% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. An unusually tight Pedestal, this absolutely must be decanted. It opens well, with black fruits, toasted grain, and firm tannins, then hits a wall and stops short. However, with a lot of breathing time and/or aerating, it broadens out a bit and shows more length and finesse.

    91 Points
    Wine Enthusiast
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