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Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

Complex aromas of black berry fruits, black stone fruits, chocolate, tobacco, spice and floral notes with a mineral overtone. On the palate the wine has a big silky mouth feel, well balanced, with flavors of berries, fruit, cocoa, cassis, and spice, and a long spicy finish. Fruit tannins are big, but not harsh and are well integrated with the strong fruit component. Not yet reviewed; 2009 vintage rated 93 points by Wine Spectator: Sleek and richly structured, with aromas of red currant and loamy black olive leading to plush, complex flavors of ripe plum, mocha and toasty oak. Drink now through 2016. 1,120 cases made.

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Paloma Vineyard:
In the late 1970s, we started to visit the Napa Valley frequently and fell in love with the area and its people. We have always had an interest in wine, both in its making and its consumption, and in food and gardening. In 1980, we were living in Midland, Texas, and began thinking about a second home; we decided to start looking for a small property in the Napa Valley were we could build a home... Read more
In the late 1970s, we started to visit the Napa Valley frequently and fell in love with the area and its people. We have always had an interest in wine, both in its making and its consumption, and in food and gardening. In 1980, we were living in Midland, Texas, and began thinking about a second home; we decided to start looking for a small property in the Napa Valley were we could build a home and plant a small vineyard. This dream was realized in 1983 when a friend of ours, Dan Duckhorn, called and told us about the property we now call Paloma Vineyard. Read less

Member Reviews for Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District

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Snooth User: Richard Jennings
780161112,966
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 04/10/2013

Medium dark red violet color; intriguing, lifted, ripe currant, plum nose; plush, complex, plum, ripe currant palate with subtle oak spice; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish. 93 points


Snooth User: Richard Jennings
780161112,966
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/10/2013

Dark ruby color; tart plum, black fruit, baked plum nose; tasty, poised, tart black fruit, tart plum palate; will go 15 years; medium-plus finish. (with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) 92+ points


Snooth User: Richard Jennings
780161112,966
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/10/2013

Berry, black fruit nose; tasty, black fruit, berry, eucalyptus palate; medium-plus finish. 92+ points


Snooth User: minocencio
1383861731
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 10/29/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: minocencio
1383861731
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 10/29/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: ntitleman
4201842
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 01/27/2008

not a merlot drinker and love this wine.


Snooth User: Bigturk
19454224
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 06/10/2009

Three and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District

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Vintage: 2008 05/19/2011

Bright red-ruby. Complex nose combines plum, cherry, raspberry, chocolate, flowers and loam. Supple and juicy in the mouth, with rather cool flavors of cherry, chocolate and herbs. Offers moderate flesh and depth. finishes with dusty, slightly dry tannins and hints of licorice and menthol.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

Palomarsquo;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 7ndash;8 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/19/2011

Supple and complex, an elegant, graceful style, with pretty currant, plum, wild berry, sage and cedar notes. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

The 2007 Merlot is a sumptuous, round, silky, generous, delicious effort offering plenty of berry fruit, mocha, and chocolatey undertones. Like so many wines that have emerged from this Spring Mountain vineyard, it offers delicious drinking. Enjoy it over the next 7ndash;8 years. Northern California lost the affable, highly respected proprietor Jim Richards this year, but his fans will ensure his legacy continues by supporting wines such as this.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 12/30/2010

Limited production Merlot produced at an elevation of 2200 feet at the top of Spring Mountain. This is a Merlot that can age. Full of black plums, chocolate notes, and spice, this wine fills your mouth with velvet tannins.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

A big, sweet perfume of chocolate fudge, toffee, caramel, black cherry jam, and coffee beans jump from the glass of this flamboyant, exotic, plush Merlot. Medium to full-bodied with low acidity and ripe tannin, it represents a hedonistic blast of fruit, glycerin, alcohol, and soft tannins. Enjoy it over the next 7ndash;8 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

A spectacular Merlot from proprietor Jim Richards, Palomarsquo;s full-bodied 2001 offers up a gorgeous display of black currant and mocha-infused fruit that cuts a large swath across the palate. Unctuously textured, with no hard edges, gorgeous aromatics, and loads of flavor. it will provide enjoyment over the next 7ndash;8 years. P.S. This is the Wine Spectatorrsquo;s wine of the year for 2003.


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Complex aromas of black berry fruits, black stone fruits, chocolate, tobacco, spice and floral notes with a mineral overtone. On the palate the wine has a big silky mouth feel, well balanced, with flavors of berries, fruit, cocoa, cassis, and spice, and a long spicy finish. Fruit tannins are big, but not harsh and are well integrated with the strong fruit component. Not yet reviewed; 2009 vintage rated 93 points by Wine Spectator: Sleek and richly structured, with aromas of red currant and loamy black olive leading to plush, complex flavors of ripe plum, mocha and toasty oak. Drink now through 2016. 1,120 cases made.

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