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.
Hand-harvested grapes undergo whole-berry fermentation to avoid imparting harsh tannins in the wine and to preserve the grapes’ aromatics and fresh fruit character. Following fermentation, the
wine is moved into French oak and aged an average of 22 months in an assortment of barrels from Rolland’s favorite coopers, including Saury, Sylvain and Alain Fouquet.