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    Pedestal Merlot 2009
    Merlot - Columbia Valley, Washington

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    • WS95
    • ST92
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Spectator, 92 International Wine Cellar, 91 The Wine Advocate

    Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

    Varietal: Merlot

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 120652

    Winemaker's Notes:

    #11 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

    Rich and expressive, yet graceful, this intensely aromatic Merlot displays a wide array of mouthwatering flavors, including ripe blackberries, dark plum and baker's chocolate. Sweet tannins and a velvety texture persist across a lengthy finish.

    Blend: 83% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

    Critical Acclaim:

    This red is round, generous and expressive, offering plum, loganberry, cherry and clove flavors that pick up hints of loam and floral character as the finish tightens its focus. Impressive for its length and deft balance.

    95 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of black cherry, melted licorice and minerals. Sweet, ripe and strong, with a distinctly sappy quality to its black cherry and sexy oak flavors. This struck me as more masculine than the 2008 version and every bit as fresh--and in need of longer bottle aging. Finishes classically dry and long, with solid backbone.

    92 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    'It's a blending grape,' Shoup continues to maintain about Merlot, 'and has to be grown in really special ways to achieve greatness standing alone' – he should surely have added: 'in special places' – but, nonetheless, he felt that given its status as something of a signature grape for Washington, he should (to hear him tell, with considerable effort) persuade Michel Rolland to render a Merlot showcase, of which 2009 Pedestal is the latest installment, prominently featuring Red Mountain fruit, while involving small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and (for the first time) Malbec. Scents of cherry preserves, mint, peat, espresso roast, toasted coconut and caramelized resin, presage a correspondingly complex, torrefied and confitured palate impression. The polish and plushness here are impressive as is the wine's sheer sweet and smoky length, though a hint of heat does creep into the finish from 14.9% alcohol. This definitely should be served no warmer than 65 degrees Fahrenheit. I imagine it will remain fresh for at least the better part of a decade.

    91 Points
    The Wine Advocate
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