CellarTrack indicates this wine is at about the end of its expected life. I have opened two bottles recently and both were in great condition and the wine was very enjoyable. It has a good balance of deep, rich mature fruit and tannins. I expect this wine will keep several more years but it is very nice right now.
Really enjoyed this with a Lamb shank with balsamic demi glaze. Rose pedal and berry nose. Raspberry and mocha on the palate with a slight bit of smokey, toasty oak giving way to vanilla and grape marmalade finish. texture is smooth and inviting with very fine tannins. As I've said before, this guy knows how to get the most out of merlot.
Blueberry nose. Alcoholic, opulent, big & chewy. This is a wine that would've been a class favorite for me 5-6 years ago ... but now as I shy away more from huge wines ... juice such as this just seems to get me drunk too fast.
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(Long Shadows Pedestal Merlot Columbia Valley) Very dark in color. Abundant stewed raspberries, dark chocolate, and cigar box along with whiffs of anise. Rich and lush with silky fruit flavors, a creamy texture, and a firm grip on tannins. A lingering, fruit filled finish with a lick of cranberry. This is far from a shy wine and leans to the right side of hedonism. Needs some additional time to show its best. 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Taptiel, Conner Lee, Dionysus, The Benches, and Weinbau vineyards. 14.7% alcohol. 2,005 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
(Long Shadows Wineries Pedestal Merlot) 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Lush and opulent blueberry, mulberry, and boysenberry scents marry with violets and cocoa, offset by dried herbs, rich spices, and vanilla. Mocha, black cherry, currant, and licorice flow together on the palate and linger beautifully on the finish. 2,005 cases made. Winery Spotlight: Long Shadows Winery
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