Long Shadows Winery
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2014 Pedestal


 

Pedestal 2014 - Wine Advocate

"I loved the 2014 Pedestal Merlot. It's 81% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. It offers a downright voluptuous and incredibly sexy style in its ripe black currants, toasted spice, chocolate and licorice aromas and flavors. Broad, expansive, layered and pleasure bent, with ripe tannin, it's a knockout Merlot with 10-15 years of drinkability."

95 POINTS

 



 

Pedestal 2014 - Wine Spectator

"Densely structured, with a  backbone of stony tannins accented by smoky plum, clove and mocha spice flavors. Best after 2018."

90 POINTS

 



2013 Pedestal


 

Pedestal 2013 - Wine Advocate

"One of my favorites in the 2013 lineup is the 2013 Pedestal Merlot. Its deep purple color is followed by fabulous notes of plums, coffee beans, spice box and sweet oak in a full-bodied, decadent, ripe and expansive package."

94 POINTS

 



 

Pedestal 2013 - Stephen Tanzer

"Red currant and darker berries complicated by graphite and licorice on the nose. Lush and seamless but with lovely inner-mouth lift and energy to its dark fruit and mineral flavors. This palate-staining Merlot will be a long ager. Finishes with big, tongue-coating tannins."

92+ POINTS

 



2012 Pedestal


 

Pedestal 2012 - Wine Advocate

"Probably the best vintage of this cuvee to date, and one of the top Merlots in Washington, the 2012 Pedestal offers lots of minerality in its dark fruits, crushed herbs, licorice and crushed rock. Medium to full-bodied, with a great mid-palate and superb concentration, it has enough tannic structure to benefit from short-term cellaring, and have upward of two decades of overall longevity." 

95 POINTS

 



 

Pedestal 2012 - Stephen Tanzer

"Red currant and darker berries complicated by graphite and licorice on the nose. Lush and seamless but with lovely inner-mouth lift and energy to its dark fruit and mineral flavors. This palate-staining Merlot will be a long ager. Finishes with big, tongue-coating tannins." - Stephen Tanzer

93 POINTS

 



2011 Pedestal


 

Pedestal Merlot 2011 - Wine Advocate

"The Merlot-dominated 2011 Pedestal incorporates a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and gives up ripe, full-throttled aromas and flavors of plum liqueur, licorice, smoked herbs and hints of blackground meatiness to go with a full-bodied, up-front, layered and downright sexy feel in the mouth. Showing good concentratin and an already delicious style, enjoy bottles over the coming decade or so."

94 POINTS 


2010 Pedestal


 

Pedestal Merlot 2010 - Wine Advocate

"Offers knockout aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, black raspberry, crushed flowers, licorice and big minerality to go with a medium to full-bodied, supple and sexy palate that firms up beautifully on the finish. There's big fruit here, yet overall, it remains perfectly balanced and has sound underlying tannic structure." 

94 POINTS

 



 

Pedestal Merlot 2010 - Wine Enthusiast

"It's a flat out yummy wine from the moment the cork is pulled, loaded with spice and thick, ripe, dense tannins. There's plenty of rich fruit to balance the depth of flavor from a generous mix of new French oak. It would be hard to find a better Merlot from anywhere at this price." 

93 POINTS, EDITORS' CHOICE

 

 


2009 Pedestal



Pedestal 2009 - Wine Spectator - #11 of "Top 100 Wines of 2012"

"Round, generous and expressive, offering plum, loganberry, cherry and clove flavors that pick up hints of loam and floral character as the finish tightens its focus. Impressive for its length an deft balance."

95 POINTS, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
#11 OF "TOP 100 MOST EXCITING WINES OF 2012"

 



 

Pedestal Merlot 2009 - Wine Enthusiast - Cellar Selection

"Bay leaf and pretty herb scents introduce a wine that remains tightly wound. Black cherry and cassis flavors are set in a frame of smoky expresso. The tannings are polished, and the finish is deliciously long."

93 POINTS, CELLAR SELECTION


2008 Pedestal


 

Pedestal Merlot - Wine Advocate

"Reveals a nose of cedar, Asian spices, incense, cassis, and black currant. Structured and savory on the palate with spicy black fruit flavors, it has the balance to evolve gracefully for 2-3 years."

93 POINTS 


 

Pedestal Merlot - Stephen Tanzer's Intl. Wine Cellar

"Good bright ruby-red. Sexy burnished red currant, minerals and flowers on the nose, complicated by chocolate and graphite. Lush, ripe and broad, with layered flavors of cassis, black cherry and licorice. Large-scaled, dense and airy, and not at all overly sweet. Finishes very long, with broad, dusty tannins and excellent structure. This really echoes on the aftertaste."

93 POINTS 


 

Pedestal Merlot - Wine Spectator

"Firm in texture, with a moderate grip of tannins surrounding dark berry, black currant and licorice flavors, lingering gently and persistently. One sip demands another."

92 POINTS 


2007 Pedestal


 

Pedestal Merlot - Wine Advocate

 "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."

94 POINTS 


 

Pedestal Merlot - Wine Spectator

 "Aromatically pure and focused, brimming with blakberry 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."

93 POINTS 


 

Pedestal Merlot - Wine Enthusiast

 "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."

92 POINTS


2006 Pedestal


 

Pedestal Merlot - Connoisseurs' Guide

 "...delivers a fair dollop of concentrated black cherry fruit together with rooty and creme brulee richness in its layered aromas. Its slight tightness continues in the mouth, yet here the wine unbends just a touch more and offers complete and convincing proof that the depth and concentration presaged by the wine's early smells are wholly at hand."

96 POINTS


 

Pedestal Merlot - Wine Advocate

 "Purple-colored, it offers an alluring bouquet of sandalwood, pencil lead, spice box, incense, black currants, and black cherry. Seamless on the palate, this plush wine has layers of ripe, savory flavors, well-concealed tannin, excellent aging potential, and a 60-second finish."

94 POINTS 


 

Pedestal Merlot - Wine Spectator

 "Dark and spicy with a tarry edge to the blackberry and currant fruit, emerging on the neverending finish with richness, polish and elements of spice, pepper and an extra whoosh of cherry. It all keeps sailing effortlessly."

93 POINTS


2005 Pedestal


 

Pedestal Merlot - Connoisseurs' Guide

 "Here is a deep and serious look at Merlot that combines all that is best in the grape. Its generous aromas of optimally ripe cherries are gracefully filled out with vanilla and sweet, root-beer-like spice, and its carefully composed, wonderfully satisfying flavors unfold with layers of rich, caramelly oak and deep, fully extracted fruit. It is an eminently collectible wine whose future is as certain as certain can be."

96 POINTS 


 

Pedestal Merlot - Wine Advocate

 "Deep crimson-colored, it offers an enticing perfume of toasty new oak, pencil lead, spice box, clove, allspice, red currants and black cherry. Seemless on the palate, the wine has gobs of ripe, savory flavors, well-concealed tannin, excellent aging potential, and a long, pure finish."

94 POINTS 


2004 Pedestal


 

Pedestal Merlot - Wine Advocate

 "Opaque purple in color, this superb Merlot offers a classic perfume of pain grille, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry. This is followed by a rich, intensely flavored wine with great depth, concentration, and length."

94 POINTS


 

Pedestal Merlot - Connoisseurs' Guide

 "Focus first on the incredible depth and richness on display here and then marvel at the way in which polish and tannic grip exist side by side."

94 POINTS


 

Pedestal Merlot - Wine Spectator

 "Dense and focused, yet balances deftly enough to let the currant, cherry and black raspberry fruit pierce through a veil of crisp tannins. Has a power without excessive weight. The finish lingers extraordinarily well."

93 POINTS


2003 Pedestal


 

Pedestal Merlot - Connoisseurs' Guide

 "As professional and polished a Merlot as we have tasted in quite some time, this very deep, impeccably crafted effort easily outdistances the field and moves to the very head of the class."

95 POINTS


 

Pedestal Merlot - Wine Advocate

 "Sports a deep nose of ripe cherries annd toasty oak. This beauty broadens on the palate to reveal lush layers of thick, silky-textured red fruits. Pure, concentrated, and medium to full-bodied, it is an engaging, hedonistic wine."

94 POINTS


 

Pedestal Merlot - Wine Enthusiast

 "A standout even in the Long Shadows' superstar lineup, this dark, dense, concentrated wine opens with a silky, smoky, voluptuous mouthfeel. Pedestal is beautifully ripened, nuanced and complete. Lovely notes of bacon and smoked meats permeate the thick, juicy fuit."

93 POINTS


 

Pedestal Merlot - Wine Spectator

 "Big, rich and generous, a lavish mouthfeel of currant, blackberry and a touch of spice and earth that weave through the finish and linger."

92 POINTS