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Pedestal Merlot
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Pedestal Merlot 2015

Columbia Valley, Washington, United StatesFrenchman Michel Rolland is the “long shadow,” behind Pedestal, a blend of Columbia Valley vineyard merlots: Wahluke Slope’s Weinbau and Stone Tree Vineyards dominate the blend, adding aromatics, bright fruit, texture and fine tannins. Conner Lee Vineyard adds richness, and Dionysus Vineyard grapes builds complexity. Despite the oppressive heat of 2015, sophisticated vineyard techniques have kept this wine fresh and elegant. Hand-harvested, double-sorted and whole-berry fermented in 1,500-gallon upright wood tanks has built the richness of the textures, propelled further by 22 months in French oak barrels (85 percent new). This is full bodied, the fruit is dark and savoury, and it's warm, almost too warm, but it is the texture that saves it. Dusty, round, smooth, velvety, dense and savoury, it's New World merlot with an attitude. Age this a decade.Tasted: 03 November 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 95.99 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