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PEDESTAL 11 ME
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Bottle Size: 750ml
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PEDESTAL 2011 MERLOT COLUMBIA VALLEY 750mL

Michel Rolland, Pomerol vintner and consultant to many of the world's top wineries, teamed with Washington State wine visionary Allen Shoup to produce this limited release wine. The 2011 Columbia Valley growing season was cooler than preceding years earning it comparisons to 1999, a highly-regarded vintage that produced wines with excellent color, flavor and varietal character. A cool spring delayed flowering and reduced fruit set as temperatures remained moderate throughout the summer; but by working with growers to drop clusters and open up the leaf canopies early in the season, the vines were well positioned to complete ripening when the warm weather arrived and extended later than usual into the season.

The 2011 Pedestal offers the ripe fruit character of previous vintages, with an elegance that reflects the growing season. Credit a cool spring, moderate summer and warm September for producing a wine not only enjoyable in its youth but also one that makes a fine candidate for aging. The temperate spring and summer conditions that defined most of the season developed fresh, intense black fruit character in the grapes. Septemberís warm days allowed the fruit to reach maturity and finish ripening perfectly. Cool fall evenings offset the warm days to preserve acidity and ripe tannins, giving the wine excellent structure.

Expressive aromas of wild berry and black currant combine with elegant oak spice to reveal a wine with dense texture and refined structure. Hints of espresso and chocolate on entry are complimented by an earthy spiciness that persists across the mid-palate and throughout a lengthy finish. A balanced wine with vibrant, beautifully integrated flavors
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