' Paloma Vineyard - 2001 Reviews

2001 Reviews

 

REVIEWS - 2001 Wines


WINE SPECTATOR
Wine:2001 Paloma Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
Closing date: March 31, 2004
Rating: 95
Price: $45

Review:
A deep, intensely concentrated style, packed with layers of opulent spice, currant, blackberry, mineral and expresso that keep unfolding, revealing new flavor facets by the second. Holds a tight focus, with firm but rounded tannins, exhibiting kirschlike cherry aftertaste. Best from 2005 through 2013. 70 cases made. — J.L.


WINE SPECTATOR
Wine: 2001 Paloma Merlot, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
WINE OF THE YEAR
Wine Spectator Editors Select the Most Exciting Wines of 2003
Rating: 95
Price: $45 California
Review:
By JAMES LAUBE
In the outstanding 2001 vintage, Paloma sets a new benchmark for California Merlots. Jim and Barbara Richards prove what can be accomplished by this classic grape variety when planted in a unique site high above the Napa Valley. Our highest-rated California merlot ever is also an exceptional value at $45 a bottle, holding the line in market glutted with high priced wines. (Click here for entire article)

 

ROBERT M. PARKER, JR'S THE WINE ADVOCATE
Wine: 2001 Paloma Merlot, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
Closing Date: 12-23-03,Issue 150
Score: 94
Recommended New Releases – Northern California
A spectacular Merlot from proprietor Jim Richards, Paloma’s full-bodied 2001 offers up a gorgeous display of black currant and mocha-infused fruit that cuts a large swath across the palate. Unctuously textured, with no hard edges, gorgeous aromatics, and loads of fruit, it will provide immense enjoyment over the next 7 – 8 years. P.S. This is the Wine Spectator’s wine of the year for 2003. Tel. (707) 963-7504


NEWSWEEK ARTICLE
Wine: 2001 Paloma Merlot, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley

 

WINE SPECTATOR WEEKLY-INTERNET EDITION
Wine: 2001 Paloma Merlot, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
Date: October 23, 2003
Score:
95 points
Price: $45 / 2,510 cases made

Review:
“This week’s issue circles the globe to bring you top wines and great values. Fans of French grape varieties will find winners made in the United States and Australia from Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. In German Riesling, senior editor Bruce Sanderson is Excited about the 2002 Kabinets, finding outstanding whites from all of the country’s major wine regions. Those looking for excellent values can depend on Chili’s expanding and improving Odfjell winery, profiled by lead taster of the South American wines by James Molesworth. And don’t miss our Hot Wines, on page 4.” (below)


Hot Wines
These are the most exciting discoveries from our editor’s most recent tastings, published exclusively in the Wine Spectator Weekly. They are high-scoring, low production wines from around the world that may be difficult to find, but are worth seeking out.

A magnificent Merlot – about as good as it gets from California (or anywhere else), with gorgeous fruit that’s ripe, rich and distinctive, with a bounty of complex flavors, rangin from enticing black cherry, currant, blackberry, spice and finishing with a smooth chocolate aftertaste. Run, don’t walk for this one! Drink now through 2012. From California. –J.L.


James Laube Senior editor, Napa
Joined Wine Spectator in 1983. Tasting beat: California
Wine Spectator’s 100-Point Scale
95-100 Classic
90-94 Outstanding
85-89 Very Good
70-79 Average
50-69 Not Recommended

 

CONNOISSEURS’ GUIDE TO CALIFORNIA WINE
Wine: 2001 Paloma Merlot, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
Reviewed: November 2003
Rating: 91, Two Puffs
15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Review:
“This big, bold, distinctly chocolately Merlot offers a quintessential look at California ripeness and will never be mistaken for a mannerly “claret”, but its mouthfilling fruit and compelling oak sweetness add up to an opulent wine that is easy to like. While plush and fleshy, it finds a welcome bit of firming tannin as it progresses, and its trim of finishing heat is virtually inconsequential as its wealth of fruit extracts beautifully buffers its ample alcohols.”

 

 


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