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About Paloma Vineyard
Jim and Barbara Richards began crafting superb Napa Valley Merlot in 1983. Although Jim has since passed, the Richards still have a rabid following among those who prize sweetness of fruit, creamy texture and plenty of spicy oak. Sheldon, Jim’s son, now works alongside his mom in the vines and in the cellar, carrying on the work, and good reputation of his dad’s vineyard.
93 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
86 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2005
($51) Full ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of dark berries and chocolatey oak, with some herbal notes lurking. High-toned and leanish in the mouth, with slightly stewed, medicinal plum and raspberry flavors. Reminded me of dry port. Finishes with some raspberry flavor but also a faint oaky dryness and a sour edge. Not at the same level as the 2001.