(From 2009 Vintage) This complex 2009 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay hits you with layers of fresh mandarin orange zest, white peach, melon and candied lemon. Spicy nutmeg, vanilla pot de crème and toasty notes are balanced by bright acidity and an intense, mouthwatering, long finish.
(From 2011 Vintage) Tantalizing and sophisticated, the 2011 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay offers rich aromas of toasted graham cracker, caramelized peach and lychee, and hints of tarragon and lavender. Notes of lemon zest, a touch of fresh cream and alluring acidity present a luscious composition. Beautifully balanced, with a cleansing finish, this wine will age elegantly for years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesLoaded with the charry oak and toasty complexities of proactive winemaking, this mouthfilling youngster is equally long on well-ripened fruit, and it never lets up in its expression of juicy apples and sweet pears. It is fairly full in body with a supple and slightly oily feel on the palate, and its sense of layered richness hangs on and on in a lengthy finish.
Wine AdvocateRating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 142 on Aug-02