94 points from Robert Parker: "Among the varietal wines, the 2004 Pedestal Merlot is made by the peripatetic Michel Rolland whose home base is Pomerol. His wine also contains small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, all the fruit sourced from several vineyards and AVAs with yields in the range of 1-2 tons per acre. The wine was aged in French oak for 23 months. 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. All components are nicely integrated with enough underlying structure to support 5-7 years of further evolution." (Aug. 2007) 94 points from Connoisseurs' Guide - "16% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot. The temptation to dismiss Merlot is belied by many wines in this review and in previous reviews, but none convinces us more than the first two vintages of this spectacular new brand. If this effort scores a point lower than last year's brilliant introductory, worry not about quibbles but instead 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. The emergence of cocoa powder ripeness and slightly elevated heat at the finish will be of little significance when the wine is partnered with long-cooked meats like Boeuf En Daube."
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