2007 Pedestal Merlot

94 Points - Wine Advocate

Considered by many to be one of the most influential winemakers in the world, Pomerol vintner and international consultant, Michel Rolland partners with Washington State wine visionary Allen Shoup to produce this limited release wine.

Wonderful intensity of fruit, with a vivid array of black currant, cocoa, violet and smoky aromas that lead to a full-bodied mid-palate marked by ripe blackberry flavors. Rich and complex, yet pure and focused, with supple tannins that provide a silky and prolonged finish.

 

94 POINTS - WINE ADVOCATE

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Vintage2007
VarietalMerlot
Varietal Composition75% Merlot
15% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Cabernet Franc
3% Petit Verdot
AppellationColumbia Valley
Acid0.57g/ 100ml
PH3.76
AgingDrink now through 2022
Alcohol14.70%
Wine StyleRed Wine
Volume750 ml


 

2007 PEDESTAL - 94 POINTS

"The 2007 release is composed of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot aged for 20 months in 80% new French oak.  It reveals a fragrant nose of sandalwood, incense, sage, cinnamon, black cherry, and black currant.  Elegant on the palate despite its ample size, it is loaded with succulent fruit set off by enough ripe tannin to support an additional 3-4 years of cellaring.  It will deliver prime drinking from 2013 to 2027."

 


 

2007 PEDESTAL - 93 POINTS

"Aromatically pure and focused, brimming with blackberry and currant fruit shaded with white pepper and allspice.  Hints at wet earth as the finish persists impressively.  It seems like this can go on for a long time in the cellar.  Drink now through 2017."

 


2007 PEDESTAL - 92 POINTS

"The ripeness is immediately noticeable in the liquorous nose. Supple and smooth in the mouth, it shows a blend of pretty purple fruits and polished tannins, layered with barrel flavors emphasizing espresso and strong toast. Classic Michel Rolland, inviting and generous."

 


 

2007 PEDESTAL - 92 POINTS

"Sweet aromas of raspberry, red currant and flowers. Plump, ripe and dry, with a pliant, layered texture to the flavors of raspberry, chocolate, tobacco and loam. Very merlot. I like the combination of sweet mid-palate fruit and the classically dry, broad finish."

As with previous vintages, Pedestal is a blend of carefully selected vineyards chosen to create a layered, complex wine. Roughly a third of the grapes were grown either near or on Red Mountain, including such well-known sites as Tapteil Vineyard and Weinbau Vineyard (Wahluke Slope).

 
Michel Rolland
is considered by many to be one of the most influential winemakers in the field.  A graduate of the esteemed Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology, he continues to build upon this practical source of knowledge through observations in his own laboratory in Pomerol, France.  He consults for over 100 vintners and vineyards worldwide, producing wines with an alluring style recognized as the “Rolland Method”.
 
Rolland also maintains partnership interests in far-flung regions of the globe, including his involvement with Long Shadows Vintners.  His home, however, is in Pomerol, where he owns and manages a number of holdings and fine wine estates: Chateau Le Bon Pasteur in Pomerol, Chateau Bertineau Saint-Vincent in Lalande-de-Pomerol, Chateau Rolland-Maillet in Saint-Emilion, and Chateau Fontenil in Fronsac.  In addition, Michel manages the Chateau La Grande Clottee in Lussac-Saint-Emilion under a vineyard lease system.
 
Vineyard management techniques championed by Rolland include effeuillage (thinning of leaves), and eclaircissage (pruning of clusters), both used to encourage the advent of perfectly ripened grapes. Aging on the lees in new oak barrels and in-barrel malolactic fermentation are also Rolland’s trademarks.
 
However, those who view the “Rolland Method” as a craftsman’s book of recipes have missed the mark. Rolland is not a technician – he is, first and foremost, an observer.  He studies the surround, that is, the blend of personality traits that distinguishes the vintner, the vineyard, and the grower.  In uncanny fashion, Rolland understands the unique culture of the wine - and therefore the nuances that separate an unexciting wine from something quite extraordinary.  It is this ability to understand the wine that makes him such an amazing oenologist.
 
Michel is usually winging his way to a vineyard in some far corner of the world. However, he makes a point of returning home each year to celebrate the birthdays of his two daughters, Marie and Stephanie, and grandchildren, Camille, Arthur, Theo and Raphael.

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