Paloma

Napa Valley Merlot

9.3378 ratings
9.383 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Matt Nason

Bright fresh raspberry with a back end of dark plum, drinking great.

Bright fresh raspberry with a back end of dark plum, drinking great.

Sep 30th, 2019
Shay A
9.3

Alongside the ‘08 I opened, this had tons of candied red and black fruit! Raspberry gummies, baked blackberry pie, and rhubarb tart. Killer aromatics. Perfumed. Mainly fruit dominated on the palate...fresh squeezed blackberries, ripe plum, currant and a touch of cedar. Will age! Thanks, @Mark Flesher .

Alongside the ‘08 I opened, this had tons of candied red and black fruit! Raspberry gummies, baked blackberry pie, and rhubarb tart. Killer aromatics. Perfumed. Mainly fruit dominated on the palate...fresh squeezed blackberries, ripe plum, currant and a touch of cedar. Will age! Thanks, @Mark Flesher .

Jun 8th, 2019
Shay A
9.3

This was my bottle, and it was opened alongside a ‘15 for comparison sake. Aromatics were similar to the ‘15 (red and black fruit) but less candied. More dirty, but not off putting. However, the finish on this was very unique...it turned very umami/earthy/herbal. Maybe an odd phase as it wakes up? Structure was still very solid (as expected for mountain fruit) so this may hold a while...

Almost two hours later: Better with air. Became more dark chocolate covered. Wow. The savory notes have faded and it’s showing a more rich and dark cocoa type finish. Very enjoyable.

This was my bottle, and it was opened alongside a ‘15 for comparison sake. Aromatics were similar to the ‘15 (red and black fruit) but less candied. More dirty, but not off putting. However, the finish on this was very unique...it turned very umami/earthy/herbal. Maybe an odd phase as it wakes up? Structure was still very solid (as expected for mountain fruit) so this may hold a while...

Almost two hours later: Better with air. Became more dark chocolate covered. Wow. The savory notes have faded and it’s showing a more rich and dark cocoa type finish. Very enjoyable.

Jun 8th, 2019
"Odedi"

Time for my #MerlotThursday . Here is a beautiful one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, earth, wood, spices, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, light vegetables, pencil lead, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, earth, herbs, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Napa Merlot. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Interesting, powerful and bold.

I had this vintage 2 years ago, and loved it just as much.

The 2012 was a great vintage, and it is showing. Would easily be 94+ points in 5 years from now, so this would be a good cellaring candidate.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up.

Had it blind, and it felt like a Napa Syrah, actually.

Thanks DJ for sharing this wonderful wine with me.

Delicious and yummy. I had it all by itself.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Time for my #MerlotThursday . Here is a beautiful one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, earth, wood, spices, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, light vegetables, pencil lead, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, earth, herbs, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Napa Merlot. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Interesting, powerful and bold.

I had this vintage 2 years ago, and loved it just as much.

The 2012 was a great vintage, and it is showing. Would easily be 94+ points in 5 years from now, so this would be a good cellaring candidate.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up.

Had it blind, and it felt like a Napa Syrah, actually.

Thanks DJ for sharing this wonderful wine with me.

Delicious and yummy. I had it all by itself.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Mar 28th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Who said Merlot isn't good? Nice bright cherries in this Paloma.

Who said Merlot isn't good? Nice bright cherries in this Paloma.

2 people found it helpfulMay 8th, 2016
Paul Mason

Still young, ready in 2-5 years. Rating it based on its great potential

Still young, ready in 2-5 years. Rating it based on its great potential

2 people found it helpfulApr 17th, 2016
Aaron Means

Quite possibly the best Cali Merlot year in and year out.

Quite possibly the best Cali Merlot year in and year out.

2 people found it helpfulJan 5th, 2015
Jay Eagan

#1 Wine of the World. Aging very well - opening nicely.

#1 Wine of the World. Aging very well - opening nicely.

1 person found it helpfulNov 21st, 2018
Jay Eagan

Still amazing juice

Still amazing juice

1 person found it helpfulJul 22nd, 2018
Bryant Bickel

Blinded and definitely showed itself as mountain fruit.

Blinded and definitely showed itself as mountain fruit.

1 person found it helpfulMay 10th, 2018