2019 Pedestal Merlot

Merlot - 750ML
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JD 94 WA 94 VN 94 WS 93 JS 92
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, July 2022

The 2019 Merlot Pedestal (75% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Malbec) is terrific, with a plump, round, medium to full-bodied style offering decadent Merlot red and black cherry fruit as well as notes of tobacco...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2023

The 2019 Pedestal Merlot was made with 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec. The nose opens with a firm backbone of fresh and ripe black plums and dark cherries before delightful oaky essences sway from the glass with...
VN 94

Vinous, March 2023

The 2019 Merlot Pedestal is darkly alluring with dusty blue-toned florals, wild berries, lavender and just a hint of mocha. This flows across the palate like pure silk, elegant and refined, yet youthfully sleek...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, December 2023

Gutsy yet refined, this red balances a broad-shouldered structure with rich, multilayered flavors of blackberry and currant. Offers accents of licorice and espresso while building tension toward big yet balanced tannins...
JS 92

jamessuckling.com, April 2022

Blackberry, black cherry, charcoal and toasted herbs on the nose. Full-bodied with chewy tannins. Chocolate and crushed black fruit mix on the palate. Well structured and layered. Best after 2024.


Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country USA
Region Washington
Sub-region Columbia Valley
Vintage 2019
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15.1%
Closure Cork

The 2019 Pedestal Merlot, a product of the Columbia Valley in Washington, presents a robust and well-structured profile. This vintage is a blend of 75% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Malbec, delivering a deeply layered and multifaceted wine.

James Suckling from jamessuckling.com gave it a score of 92, noting its "blackberry, black cherry, charcoal, and toasted herbs on the nose" along with its "full-bodied" nature and "chewy tannins." He highlighted its "chocolate and crushed black fruit mix on the palate" and recommended that it would be best enjoyed after 2024.

Jeb Dunnuck provided a slightly higher score of 94, describing the wine as "terrific" with a "plump, round, medium to full-bodied style." He emphasized the "decadent Merlot red and black cherry fruit" and the "elegant, streamlined texture" reflecting the cooler vintage. Dunnuck also praised its balance and suggested that the wine would age well, keeping for 10-15 years.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also awarded the 2019 Pedestal Merlot a 94 score. The review praised the wine's "firm backbone of fresh and ripe black plums and dark cherries" and "delightful oaky essences." The full-bodied palate was noted for its "succulent tannic edge" and "juicy flavors of spiced plums and blackberry skin." The wine was described as evolving with "elegant complexities" and finishing with "long spicy finish with delightful oak tones." The wine spent 22 months in French oak barrels, 86% of which were new, and yielded just under 32,000 bottles.

Vinous echoed these sentiments, also rating the wine at 94. Described as "darkly alluring," the review highlighted "dusty blue-toned florals, wild berries, lavender, and just a hint of mocha." The wine was characterized by its "elegant and refined" texture, with "floral-laced blue fruits" and a noticeable minerality. The review noted the wine's potential to further develop over the years.

Wine Spectator offered a balanced review, scoring the wine at 93. The review called it "gutsy yet refined," balancing "a broad-shouldered structure with rich, multilayered flavors of blackberry and currant." Accents of "licorice and espresso" were noted, with the wine building "tension toward big yet balanced tannins." The wine is recommended for consumption from now through 2030.

Overall, the 2019 Pedestal Merlot is a well-crafted, multi-dimensional wine with strong endorsements from several notable reviewers, making it a compelling choice for both immediate enjoyment and long-term cellaring.