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PALOMA MERLOT "ESTATE", SPRING MOUNTAIN DISTRICT NAPA VALLEY 2012
NVWE Notes: Much like the now fabulous 2007 Paloma, the 2012 shows wonderfully sweet-natured scents to contrast the concentrated fruit and terroir notes so apparent on the palate. The nose offers focused aromas of sweet purple plum jelly, dried Bing cherry, licorice root, sweet vanilla, baking spices and developing hints of dark earth and black truffle. It is both plush and gripping in the mouth, which gives a racy texture to the deep plum and dried cherry fruit, while bringing focus to the hard mineral and dark spice flavors that support it. The finish is also sleek, but it’s ultra-long, despite the wines youth and structure. Certainly a splendid dinner wine already, it will be fully mature around the end of the decade and is sure to prove long-lived. Blended with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2850 cases produced.