1998 Paloma - Merlot 750ml

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1998 Paloma - Merlot

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I have been a longtime fan of the Merlot made by proprietor Jim Richards. While some may quibble over the elevated level of toasty new oak, the wine possesses the chocolate, black cherry, and currant fruit required to back up the wood. It is also full-bodied, ripe, long, and exotic. The oak is nearly excessive, but I feel it will become better integrated with the wine's other characteristics within a year or so.

Drink Dates: 2001-2009
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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More Vintages and Sizes of Paloma - Merlot:

2010 (750ml)
1999 (750ml)

About This Producer


Paloma Vineyard is located five miles west of St. Helena at the top of Spring Mountain. In the last half of the 19th century it was a vineyard, but was allowed to return to forest at about the turn of the century. Proprietors Barbara and Jim Richards still find old redwood grape stakes and even a few old zinfandel vines that survive under the large Douglas fir trees that surround their home on the property. One vine near the house even produces one or two clusters of grapes a year that are put into the Paloma Merlot blend for good luck.

The purchase of this raw land was the beginning of an odyssey that is ongoing and ever changing, but with one goal - to grow the best grapes possible and to make wines that reflects the terroir of our vineyard.

The elevation of Paloma Vineyard is 2060 feet above sea level at the bottom of the property and 2240 at the top, exposure is generally east with many variations, and the soils are derived from the Sonoma volcanics and from Franciscan sandstone. Total acreage is 20 acres with 15 acres planted.

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