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2002 Paloma Merlot

  • 90 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 86 IWC
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SKU: 55935-2002-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 86

    ($51) Full ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of dark berries and chocolatey oak, with some herbal notes lurking. High-toned and leanish in the mouth, with slightly stewed, medicinal plum and raspberry flavors. Reminded me of dry port. Finishes with some raspberry flavor but also a faint oaky dryness and a sour edge. Not at the same level as the 2001.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    Paloma's 2002 Merlot is a worthy successor to their brilliant 2001, but it is not as rich, complex, or deep as the latter vintage. The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2002 possesses lovely aromas of chocolate-infused coffee intermixed with berry and currant fruit. This lush, medium to full-bodied, delicious Merlot is ideal for drinking now and over the next 7-8 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Ripe, rich, juicy and polished, with layers of currant, black cherry and plum that are deeply concentrated, elegant and lively. A light overlay of toasty, mocha-scented oak adds another flavor dimension, and the flavors linger on a long, zesty aftertaste. A delicious Merlot that's a worthy successor to the stellar '01. 1,650 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
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  • 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

    • 373 bottles owned
    • 86 collectors