Tasted in a rather tannic flight, this baby was even more tannic. It pours inky black, and reveals nothing in the aroma, save for grapes and oak. Yet there are powerful signs of a magnificent future, especially the long, sweet finish of blackberry syrup. Great now with robust fare, but should hold through the decade.
Grown on Spring Mountain, this is front-loaded in young, primary fruit character, and shows firm, fresh tannins that require aging. There aren’t many Merlots that will benefit from four to eight years in the cellar like this one. It’s stuffed with vibrant black cherry, blackberry and spicy cola flavors, and has the balanced integrity of a fine, ageworthy Napa red.
Full-bodied and well balanced; smoke, herb and tart berry fruit mark the Paloma’s palate. Its plum, smoke, saddle-leather and dried-flower bouquet is similarly distinctive. After a year or two in the cellar, it will probably be even more complex. Finishes long, with black tea and cocoa notes.