2008 Paloma - Merlot 750ml

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WS 93   WA 88   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Supple and plush, showing great depth, length and balance. Aromas of red currant, loam and olive lead to ripe flavors of plum, sweet mocha and spice. 1,436 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2011-2016
Author: Tim Fish


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

While not as outstanding as the 2007, the 2008 Merlot Spring Mountain is a front end-loaded cuvee offering abundant silky tannins, plenty of herbaceously-tinged mocha, chocolate, black cherry and plum-like fruit and a soft, fully mature style. It is best consumed over the next 4-5 years.

Drink Dates: 2010-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: flwine
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/07/2014
Drink Dates: 2010-2018

Rating: 92
Author: Southbound Union
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 03/24/2015
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Rating: 92
Author: alshoh01
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 02/10/2013

Rating: 92
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/21/2014
Soft and mellow with lots of fruit. Not a lot of structure.

Average rating: 91, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

61 bottles owned by 17 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Merlot


Merlot shares many of the same profile descriptors as Cabernet Sauvignon including plum, blackberry, chocolate and mocha. Bordeaux's Right Bank, such as in Pomerol and St.-Emilion, is the traditional home to this red grape, but it is grown all over the world. Merlot is either bottled on its own or is blended with other red grapes.

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