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PALOMA MERLOT "ESTATE", SPRING MOUNTAIN DISTRICT NAPA VALLEY 2010
NVWE Notes: The 2010 is textbook Paloma in its racy Cabernet-like structure & in its aromas of sweet dark plum, mulberry, blueberry, dark earth, black truffle & clearly apparent mineral undercurrents. It is as deeply layered on the palate, where a sleek mouth-feel, polished tannins & fine fruit acidity create a framework for surprisingly elegant fruity-savory flavors of blueberry compote, plum sauce, mulling spices, allspice, licorice root & layers of truffley-mushroomy richness. The extraordinarily long finish weaves all that exotic fruit & savory spice into near perfect harmony. If not the majestic powerhouse that the 2001 & 2007 vintage produced, the 2010 is, despite its enormous current appeal, a wine that should grow in dimension over the next 5 to 7 years.