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Mount Palomar Red Bordeaux Blend Temecula Valley Meritage 2004

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With the bottling of this 2004 vintage wine, we conclude a sequence of events that began in artfully nurtured vineyards, minimally irrigated and crop-thinned, allowing only superior fruit to be harvested and brought to the winery. The master blend was chosen among the traditional Bordeaux grape varieties. This wine has a deep color and a blend of fruit and earthy elements on the palate with bright red cherry, vanilla, anise and brown spice aromas. Well balanced tannins give this wine long finish and a good potential for aging and further development. Sugar: 0.10 Months in barrel: 20 months Oak: newer French and American

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Mount Palomar Winery:
Mount Palomar Winery, located in the Temecula Valley wine appellation, is a fine wine estate dedicated to making wines of distinctive taste and high quality. Located among rolling hills and mesa lands at 1400 feet elevation, Mount Palomar is a working wine estate with 45 acres of producing vineyards overlooked by the Palomar Mountain range. John H. Poole started Mount Palomar's vineyards in 19... Read more
Mount Palomar Winery, located in the Temecula Valley wine appellation, is a fine wine estate dedicated to making wines of distinctive taste and high quality. Located among rolling hills and mesa lands at 1400 feet elevation, Mount Palomar is a working wine estate with 45 acres of producing vineyards overlooked by the Palomar Mountain range. John H. Poole started Mount Palomar's vineyards in 1969, pioneering the new wine region and growing the finest grapes possible. Formerly a radio electronics engineer and station owner, he wanted to establish a new agricultural business and enjoy the relaxed pace that accompanied it. Pioneering the new Temecula region was natural for him. He helped pioneer early military radar use during WWII, established California's only offshore radio station (KBIG-AM on Santa Catalina Island), established one of the nation's first UHF television stations (now Channel 22 in Los Angeles), and created Los Angeles' first commercially successful FM radio station. John established the original Mount Palomar vineyards, and was our first winemaker in 1975. He created a place where people could immerse themselves in the world of fine wine in a pleasant and relaxed Wine Country atmosphere. John Poole's son, Peter Poole, took over operation of the Winery in 1985, making it the first winery in the Temecula Valley under second-generation leadership. Peter introduced a number of "firsts" in the Temecula Valley, most significantly beginning the trend to Mediterranean grape varieties, which is so significant today. He and Winemaker, Etienne Cowper combined creative forces to create top quality, Temecula Valley wines. Read less

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Snooth User: Cuvee Corner
12069551
0.00 5
03/13/2009

The one I am reviewing today is the Mount Palomar 2004 Cloudbreak Gold Medal Winner. When tasting I knew nothing of the award, but upon first swirl there was an indication of the coming attraction. Upon first Swirl: This wine has a deep garnet core, fading away to pale ruby rim and that's what I call extraction! Upon first Sniff: You find in the nose it's a touch high toned with lots of cherry and plum fruit caressed by lithe notes of sandalwood. (fragrant yellowish heartwood) Upon first Sip: A solid core ripe, blackberry and black currant fruit, with some sweet spices bringing it all together effortlessly upon my palate, waneing into a delightfully long and persistent finish! Weighing in: Alcohol: 14.4% and resting upon 20 months in newer French and American Oak Barrel imparting smoothe tannins. Composition: 61% Cab Sauvignon, 27% Merlot; 5% Cab Franc, 5% Carmenere, 2% Petite Verdot Other wines of note: Castelletto 2005 Sangiovese and the Castelletto 2005 Trovato My Recommendation: Drink or hold, Price is a factor at $50.00 each, it drops from favorable QPR status which kept my purchase of this wine to just one. A little pricey considering it's contemporaries in the meritage class of similar quality selling for half this price. Exclusivity is factor, but still does not merit this price point. That's is it for now until next time, Cheers everyone!


Snooth User: mattkosel
12908915
4.00 5
01/29/2009

Four glasses



With the bottling of this 2004 vintage wine, we conclude a sequence of events that began in artfully nurtured vineyards, minimally irrigated and crop-thinned, allowing only superior fruit to be harvested and brought to the winery. The master blend was chosen among the traditional Bordeaux grape varieties. This wine has a deep color and a blend of fruit and earthy elements on the palate with bright red cherry, vanilla, anise and brown spice aromas. Well balanced tannins give this wine long finish and a good potential for aging and further development. Sugar: 0.10 Months in barrel: 20 months Oak: newer French and American

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