Long Shadows Pedestal Merlot

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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2015 Long Shadows Merlot Pedestal - 94 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"A very vivid and pure red with aromas of blackberries and blueberries. Hints of violets and licorice, too. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Shows tension and focus. Give it two or three years to soften. A blend of 75% merlot, 15% cabernet sauvignon and 10% petit verdot. Drink in 2020 and beyond."
- James Suckling (May 2018), 94 pts

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