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The wine has a consistent thread of 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.
91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (9/10): “Deeply fruited, impressively filled with a very keen sense of dark, well-ripened cherries that indelibly marks it as Merlot, Paloma's latest is an especially well-balanced working that is at once very rich, refined and remarkably polished. It does show a streak of fine-grained finishing tannins, but there is nothing so coarse as to raise any worries..."
91 points, Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker, Jr. (December 23, 2010): “Northern California lost an affable, highly respected proprietor, Jim Richards, this year but his fans will ensure his legacy continues by supporting wines such as this. The 2007 Merlot is a sumptuous, round, silky, generous, delicious effort…”
Drink now or cellar 5-7 years.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.