2006 Paloma Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1042351 93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark An excellent Merlot from proprietor Jim Richards, this 2006 reveals flamboyant, sexy, chocolaty, mocha, and coffee notes intermixed with oodles of black cherry and berry fruit. Full-bodied, silky textured, and mouthfilling, this hedonistic effort will provide enormous pleasure over the next 5-8 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Plush, ripe and elegant, with fragrant currant, caramel and olive aromas and supple, beautifully layered plum, cedar and loamy, toasty oak flavors that are wrapped around a dense, complex core. *Top 100 Wines of 2009* (TF) Inner quote mark (2/2009)

K&L Notes

According to K&L's Bryan Brick, this is easily the best Merlot made in California every year. In 2003, the Wine Spectator took that praise one step further, naming the 2001 vintage the wine of the year. The fruit for this wine comes from the Paloma estate, at the pinnacle of Spring Mountain, and is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon in 2006. The wine is then aged in a combination of 1/3 new French oak barrels and 2/3 used French oak barrels. The 2006 vintage is precocious, with lots of up front red and black fruits complemented by a wave of cocoa, tobacco and spice. Wonderfully textured, this wine has great balance and structure, and should age quite well, really starting to show its stuff with another 4 or 5 years in bottle.

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