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2006 Paloma Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1042351 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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)  (12/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (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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- 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.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.