2012 Long Shadows "Pedestal" Columbia Valley Merlot

SKU #1229647 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made by Michel Rolland, the Merlot-dominated 2011 Pedestal incorporates a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and gives up ripe, full-throttle aromas and flavors of plum liqueur, licorice, smoked herbs and hints of background meatiness to go with a full-bodied, up-front, layered and downright sexy feel in the mouth. Showing good concentration and an already delicious style, enjoy bottles over the coming decade or so. As always, the lineup from Long Shadows is impressive across the board. Their 2011s show surprising richness in the vintage and are certainly standouts. (JD)  (6/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red-ruby color. Wild berries and bitter chocolate on the nose, lifted by a floral quality. At once sweet and savory in the mouth, with the dark berry flavors accompanied by subtle notes of wild spices, earth and minerals. This is still quite backward, finishing with ripe, building tannins. Today I prefer the balance of the 2010 Chester-Kidder, which also showed more of the silky, plush texture I associate with Michel Rolland wines, but this wine clearly needs time. (14.9% alcohol; blended with 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% petit verdot; made by Michel Rolland) (ST)  (12/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Made by Michel Rolland. Black, sweet fruit - has that indelible mark of Rolland, emphasising primary fruit and full of stuffing. Succulent, tenderised tannins. Bitter finish. True to type. (81% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. ) (RH) 16.5 Points  (7/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Chewy tannins create a fine-sand texture around a focused core of blackberry, licorice and floral flavors, coming together with intensity on the meaty, grippy finish. Best after 2016. 1,997 cases made. (HS) Web 2015

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.