Paloma 2012 Merlot
The 2012 is a blend of Merlot (85%) with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (15%). It is fermented and then aged in French oak—33% new—for 18 months before being bottled in the Spring and then bottle-aged for an additional 18 months. 2850 cases produced.
Much like the now fabulous 2007 Paloma, the 2012 shows wonderfully sweet-natured scents to contrast the tightly-coiled fruit and terroir notes so apparent on the palate. The nose offers focused aromas of sweet purple plum jelly, dried Bing cherry, licorice root, sweet vanilla, baking spices and developing hints of dark earth and black truffle. It is both plush and gripping in the mouth, which gives a racy texture to the deep plum and dried cherry fruit, while bringing focus to the hard mineral and dark spice flavors that support it. The finish is also sleek, but it’s ultra-long, despite the wine’s youth and structure. Certainly a splendid dinner wine already – if judiciously aired – it will be truly grand by 2019 and is likely to live twenty years or more.