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2000 Paloma Merlot

  • 87 WA
  • 91 WS
  • Variety

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SKU: 55935-2000-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Comes together nicely, drawing from a rich, supple core of earthy currant and blackberry fruit, firm, rich mineral and chewy tannins, all well-focused. A bit raw and gritty now, short-term cellaring or decanting is a good bet. 1,350 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    The 2000 Merlot is much lighter than recent examples from this high quality winery run by proprietor Jim Richards. The wine possesses a deep ruby color in addition to a sweet nose of black cherries, currants, cola, and smoke. It is lush, round, and charming, but superficial. It will drink well for 4-5 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2012
    Author: Ed K994
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 120 bottles owned
  • 24 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 24 collectors)