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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Pedestal Merlot
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16¾/20

Pedestal Merlot 2014

Columbia Valley, Washington, United StatesThe twelfth vintage is a giant of a merlot. The mix is 81% merlot, 15% cabernet sauvignon, 2% malbec and 2% petit verdot. In the case of the merlot equal parts are pulled from Conner Lee Vineyard near Othello WA (Columbia Valley), Dionysus Vineyard near Pasco, and The Benches Vineyard (Horse Heaven Hills). The Red Mountain cabernet sauvignon comes from Taptiel Vineyard, while the Weinbau Vineyard (Wahluke Slope) is home to the cabernet franc. The mix of sites no doubt adds additional layers of complexity and character to the blend. The 2014 powers its way across the palate spreading a savoury, spicy dark fruit character laced with chocolate, vanilla, pepper, licorice and black olives. There is a modicum of style in the finish with more black cherry and espresso pushing through. Solid if not trying a bit too much. Best now with roasted meats.Tasted: 12 September 2017Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 83.99 BCLS US 55.00 retail ON 60.00 Vintages AB 65.00 fine wine shops QC 75.00 Producer: Long Shadows VintnersDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit VerdotCSPC: 680082UPC: 808755003853