Long Shadows Vintners 2016 Pedestal Merlot, Columbia Valley, $65

By on January 13, 2021
pedestal merlot 2016 bottle - Long Shadows Vintners 2016 Pedestal Merlot, Columbia Valley, $65

As much acclaim as “king” Cab receives in Washington state, it was the quality of its Merlot grown that helped attract the attention of Michel Rolland – the famed Pomerol producer who has been a prized partner at Long Shadows since Allen Shoup recruited him to help launch the unique project west of Walla Walla. This time, the final blend of Merlot (75%), with Cabernet Sauvignon (21%) and Petit Verdot (4%) features a significant contribution from historic Sagemoor Farms sites Bacchus and Dionysus vineyards. The devotion to French oak, 85% new, and some Red Mountain sourcing contribute to the profile of cherry pie and dark chocolate, while the influences of Horse Heaven Hills fruit explains the hint of graphite. Sweet, fine-grained tannins, particularly for Merlot, help make this a standout, and the juicy blue fruit finish adds delicious balance.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,395 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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