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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Pedestal Merlot 2005
Pedestal Merlot 2005
(search item no. 94078)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Michel Rolland, Pomerol vintner and consultant to many of the world's most famous wineries, partners with Washington State wine pioneer Allen Shoup to produce the third vintage of this limited release wine.

Dark cherry and blackberry aromas complement an appealing hint of toasty oak in this dense, deeply concentrated Merlot. Rich at entry, with added intensity on the mid-palate, the finish provides a lingering impression of layered black fruit.

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About Pedestal:

Michel Rolland crafts wines for many of the world’s most famous wineries, but his roots come from Pomerol, home to Bordeaux’s finest Merlots. In partnership with Washington wine visionary Allen Shoup, Michel has created a Columbia Valley Merlot that exemplifies the complexity and concentration of flavors for which his wines are internationally known. Pedestal is one of six distinct red wines from the Long Shadows Vintners collection.

An intense, fruit-forward wine, bursting with fresh blueberries, ripe plum, cedar and spice. Good concentration in the wine adds to its pleasing mouth feel; balanced acidity enhances its appeal. Supple tannins are well-integrated on the entry, across the mid-palate and throughout a long, layered finish.