2009 Pedestal Columbia Valley Merlot
*Top 100 Wines of 2012* This red is round, generous and expressive, offering plum, loganberry, cherry and clove flavors that pick up hints of loam and floral character as the finish tightens its focus. Impressive for its length and deft balance. Best from 2013 through 2019.
*Cellar Selection* Michel Rolland's Long Shadows wine is 83% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Bay leaf and pretty herb scents introduce a wine that remains tightly wound. Black cherry and cassis flavors are set in a frame of smoky espresso. The tannins are polished, and the finish is deliciously long.
A collaboration between renown winemaking consultant Michel Rollan and Washington State impresario Allen shoup. This blockbuster Merlot showcases the depth and complexity Merlot can achieve in Washington State. Packed with black fruit, cocoa powder accents and plenty of spice, there's nice lift and a juicy berry quality on the finish.