Long Shadows Pedestal Merlot

2017 Long Shadows Merlot Pedestal - 92+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Musky aromas of dark raspberry, tobacco leaf, dark chocolate, smoky oak and menthol are serious and brooding for Merlot. Concentrated, plush and tactile on the palate, with dark raspberry, mocha, woodsmoke, menthol and subtle herb flavors conveying serious energy. Finishes subtle, spicy and very long, with firm but suave tannins giving the wine the backbone to evolve slowly and gracefully. - Stephen Tanzer."
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (December 2020), 92+ pts

2017 Long Shadows Merlot Pedestal - 95 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Beautiful cassis, chocolate, leafy herbs, and earth all emerge from the 2017 Pedestal, a ripe, sexy, opulent wine that does everything right. A blend put together by Michel Rolland and aged 22 months in 86% new French oak, it's beautiful today yet is going to cruise in cool cellars for 15 years or more."

- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2020), 95 pts

2016 Long Shadows Merlot Pedestal - 95 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2016 Pedestal from Michel Rolland checks in as a blend of 75% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in 85% new French oak. It has a rocking bouquet of smoked black fruits, espresso, chocolate, and tobacco that gives way to a full-bodied, plump, incredibly sexy red that does everything right. It's one serious mouthful of Merlot and should keep for 10-12 years."

- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2019), 95 pts

2016 Long Shadows Merlot Pedestal - 94 PTS - WA

wa94"The 2016 Pedestal Merlot has a precise nose of dusty plum, red flowers and soft oak tones with an elegant aroma of pencil lead fluttering about. The medium to full-bodied palate is clean and correct, with plush dark red fruit, dusty tannins, purple flowers and soft oak spices of vanilla, cardamom and nutmeg. The wine ends with a long, thoughtful, well-balanced finish that delivers complexity and pleasure simultaneously. Michel Rolland made this beauty of a bottle. - Anthony Mueller"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #246, December 2019), 94 pts

2016 Long Shadows Merlot Pedestal - 94 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"This has a distinctive, violet and plum nose in classic merlot style with subtly earthy complexity, too. The palate has a juicy and supple array of plush, succulent tannins and delivers an exceptionally fresh yet deeply flavorful finish. A merlot-dominant blend with cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. Try from 2022."

- James Suckling (July 2019), 94 pts

2016 Long Shadows Merlot Pedestal - 91+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Complex, musky scents of black raspberry, plum, woodsmoke, cocoa powder, earth and leather. Broad and full-bodied on the palate, with its black fruit, menthol and spice flavors leavened by an element of medicinal reserve. This big, bone-dry wine finishes with serious mouthdusting tannins and lingering flavors of black fruits and spicy oak. - Stephen Tanzer."
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2019), 91+ pts

2015 Long Shadows Merlot Pedestal - 94 PTS - WA

wa94"The 2015 Pedestal Merlot is a rich, dramatic wine that wafts from the glass with aromas of black cherries, crème de cassis, cigar tobacco and mocha. On the palate, it's broad, full-bodied and lavish, with ripe, generously oak-inflected flavors and an ample core of fruit, structured by fine-grained but youthfully chewy tannins, concluding with a sweet, spicy and somewhat heady finish. The most exotic and expressive wine in the Long Shadows range, it's crafted by Michel Rolland. - William Kelley"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #237, June 2018), 94 pts

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