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Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red
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Wine Details

Vineyard

Pahlmeyer

Style

Red

Wine Description

(From 2012 Vintage) Dark garnet in color and nearly black at the core, the wine opens with concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry and wild blueberry, delicate notes of red raspberry and lavender, and a fresh waft of crushed slate. The silky entry is intense with cassis, black cherry and bitter chocolate, yet bright with red cherry and plum, grounded by notes of crushed stone. This powerful wine crescendos into a long, lingering finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Alcohol: 15.1 % pH: 3.75 TA: 0.536 Vineyard Designation: Waters Ranch, Caldwell, Rancho Chimiles, Stagecoach Composition: 97% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaking Notes: The grapes were given a five-day cold soak before fermentation, fermented on their own natural yeast, and aged nineteen months in 100% new French oak barrels. The wine was bottled with neither fining nor filtration on April 26, 2005. Availability: The Pahlmeyer 2003 Napa Valley Merlot read more...Alcohol: 15.1 % pH: 3.75 TA: 0.536 Vineyard Designation: Waters Ranch, Caldwell, Rancho Chimiles, Stagecoach Composition: 97% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaking Notes: The grapes were given a five-day cold soak before fermentation, fermented on their own natural yeast, and aged nineteen months in 100% new French oak barrels. The wine was bottled with neither fining nor filtration on April 26, 2005. Availability: The Pahlmeyer 2003 Napa Valley Merlot is available February 1, 2006 either directly from the winery, or through our network of fine restaurants and retail merchants around the world. (hide)

Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    Very pure, precisely defined cherryish fruit sits juts beneath an enormous complement of vanillin oak and sweet, root-beer-like spice in the nose, and the tandem of cherries and creamy oak is at the heart of this extravagant wine's highly concentrated and enveloping flavors. There is no missing the Pahlmeyer stamp of extract and richness with this one, but, in this outing, the wine is remarkably well-balanced, and its deep and persistent flavors are in no way diminished or otherwise limited by th...
  • Robert Parker
    "The 2003 Merlot is one of the top three or four Merlots in California. A huge nose of melted chocolate, roasted coffee, black cherry, and charcoal jumps from the glass of this full-bodied, opulent, sexy Merlot. It is a delicious, savory, heady wine to drink over the next 7-8 years."
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/04.
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 157 on Feb-05