Paloma

Napa Valley Merlot

9.230 ratings
9.25 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
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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
Tim Carl

Normally love Paloma. The 2012 is good but not excellent. The flavors are there but the normal richness is missing.

Normally love Paloma. The 2012 is good but not excellent. The flavors are there but the normal richness is missing.

1 person found it helpfulApr 3rd, 2016
Olya S. Troxel

Black currant, mocha, plum, savoury spices, tea leaf. Good balance, well-integrated oak, expressive. Smooth on palate, med+ body. Definitely age worthy!

Black currant, mocha, plum, savoury spices, tea leaf. Good balance, well-integrated oak, expressive. Smooth on palate, med+ body. Definitely age worthy!

1 person found it helpfulDec 17th, 2015
Shay A
9.4

Always a special treat to attend the Wednesday Wine Committee. The hosts always bring out excellent wines!

This is a MERLOT?! And as a '12, I had a ton of sediment in my glass. The whole table guessed Old Napa Cab. This was probably the red of the day. Blueberries, vanilla, and plum. Cab lovers Merlot example.

Always a special treat to attend the Wednesday Wine Committee. The hosts always bring out excellent wines!

This is a MERLOT?! And as a '12, I had a ton of sediment in my glass. The whole table guessed Old Napa Cab. This was probably the red of the day. Blueberries, vanilla, and plum. Cab lovers Merlot example.

May 10th, 2017
Robert Henalt

Cherry, dark berries . Medium finish. Excellent!

Cherry, dark berries . Medium finish. Excellent!

Oct 31st, 2019
Steve Biondi

Between my wife's fresh tomato sauce and veal meatballs with Incredible spinach the wine just brought in in abundance of complexity intones unequaled in the sphere of my influence

Between my wife's fresh tomato sauce and veal meatballs with Incredible spinach the wine just brought in in abundance of complexity intones unequaled in the sphere of my influence

Oct 15th, 2019
Joseph Barsky

2012 Vintage. 14.8% Alcohol. Wish we had more. Yum. Memories of hummingbirds at their home. Great nectar!

2012 Vintage. 14.8% Alcohol. Wish we had more. Yum. Memories of hummingbirds at their home. Great nectar!

Aug 24th, 2019
Dawn E.

Fabulous wine..Cherry Liqueur...Tootsie Roll...Cedar...tea leaves! Rated previously...Happy to acquire another! Merry Christmas to All!!
Be Safe!

Fabulous wine..Cherry Liqueur...Tootsie Roll...Cedar...tea leaves! Rated previously...Happy to acquire another! Merry Christmas to All!!
Be Safe!

Dec 25th, 2018
Mark Flesher

This wine has seemed to do a little bit of growing in the last 6 months. Was a bit muted on the last bottle, but this bottle was definitely not like that. Nose of dark fruit, fig, reductive black cherry. Entry was black cherry cordial, turning darker in the middle. The finish is acidic and grippy, good fruit notes. Some tannin still definitely here. I'm amazed at these wines and based on my limited experience I have a huge feeling that these can go 20 years. I know I won't have the willpower to keep any of them that long...but why wait if they're drinking that well?!?

This wine has seemed to do a little bit of growing in the last 6 months. Was a bit muted on the last bottle, but this bottle was definitely not like that. Nose of dark fruit, fig, reductive black cherry. Entry was black cherry cordial, turning darker in the middle. The finish is acidic and grippy, good fruit notes. Some tannin still definitely here. I'm amazed at these wines and based on my limited experience I have a huge feeling that these can go 20 years. I know I won't have the willpower to keep any of them that long...but why wait if they're drinking that well?!?

Sep 28th, 2018
Dawn E.

This is a gorgeous wine...violet in color with medium body and tannins. Blueberries..cherry liquor..chocolate..cedar..smoke...blackpepper..clove and vanilla! I let this decant for an hour..I am not sure but I think this is my first Merlot...What's not to like!!

This is a gorgeous wine...violet in color with medium body and tannins. Blueberries..cherry liquor..chocolate..cedar..smoke...blackpepper..clove and vanilla! I let this decant for an hour..I am not sure but I think this is my first Merlot...What's not to like!!

Apr 17th, 2018