Paloma

Napa Valley Merlot

9.344 ratings
9.26 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
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Time for my #MerlotThursday . Here is a beautiful one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, earth, wood, spices, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, light vegetables, pencil lead, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, earth, herbs, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Napa Merlot. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Interesting, powerful and bold.

I had this vintage 2 years ago, and loved it just as much.

The 2012 was a great vintage, and it is showing. Would easily be 94+ points in 5 years from now, so this would be a good cellaring candidate.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up.

Had it blind, and it felt like a Napa Syrah, actually.

Thanks DJ for sharing this wonderful wine with me.

Delicious and yummy. I had it all by itself.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Time for my #MerlotThursday . Here is a beautiful one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, earth, wood, spices, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, light vegetables, pencil lead, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, earth, herbs, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Napa Merlot. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Interesting, powerful and bold.

I had this vintage 2 years ago, and loved it just as much.

The 2012 was a great vintage, and it is showing. Would easily be 94+ points in 5 years from now, so this would be a good cellaring candidate.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up.

Had it blind, and it felt like a Napa Syrah, actually.

Thanks DJ for sharing this wonderful wine with me.

Delicious and yummy. I had it all by itself.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Mar 28th, 2019
Carl Fischer

Followed a pretty big cab and held its own. Very fruit forward with flavors of plum, blueberries, vanilla, chocolate and an herbal touch to the finish.

Followed a pretty big cab and held its own. Very fruit forward with flavors of plum, blueberries, vanilla, chocolate and an herbal touch to the finish.

Nov 26th, 2017
Tim Carl

Normally love Paloma. The 2012 is good but not excellent. The flavors are there but the normal richness is missing.

Normally love Paloma. The 2012 is good but not excellent. The flavors are there but the normal richness is missing.

1 person found it helpfulApr 3rd, 2016
Olya S. Troxel

Black currant, mocha, plum, savoury spices, tea leaf. Good balance, well-integrated oak, expressive. Smooth on palate, med+ body. Definitely age worthy!

Black currant, mocha, plum, savoury spices, tea leaf. Good balance, well-integrated oak, expressive. Smooth on palate, med+ body. Definitely age worthy!

1 person found it helpfulDec 17th, 2015
Shay A
9.4

Always a special treat to attend the Wednesday Wine Committee. The hosts always bring out excellent wines!

This is a MERLOT?! And as a '12, I had a ton of sediment in my glass. The whole table guessed Old Napa Cab. This was probably the red of the day. Blueberries, vanilla, and plum. Cab lovers Merlot example.

Always a special treat to attend the Wednesday Wine Committee. The hosts always bring out excellent wines!

This is a MERLOT?! And as a '12, I had a ton of sediment in my glass. The whole table guessed Old Napa Cab. This was probably the red of the day. Blueberries, vanilla, and plum. Cab lovers Merlot example.

May 10th, 2017
Jeff Sadosky

Perfect fireside wine.

Perfect fireside wine.

Apr 24th, 2022
Jeff Orlowski

Soft, dry, smooth. Lush dark fruit. Beautiful wine!

Soft, dry, smooth. Lush dark fruit. Beautiful wine!

Apr 16th, 2022
Jim Gilbert

Love Sheldon! Superb host! He reminded us how good and complex a Merlot can be. Lots of subtle dark fruit and mellowness compared to the brighter 2013 and 2014.

Love Sheldon! Superb host! He reminded us how good and complex a Merlot can be. Lots of subtle dark fruit and mellowness compared to the brighter 2013 and 2014.

Sep 5th, 2021
Joe Roth

Delicious. Best Merlot in Napa.

Delicious. Best Merlot in Napa.

Jun 18th, 2021
Joe Roth

Consistently outstanding Merlot.

Consistently outstanding Merlot.

Apr 26th, 2020