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Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley
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Wine Details

Vineyard

Pahlmeyer

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2003 Vintage) 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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  • Wine & Spirits
    (2005 Vintage) The 2005 Proprietary Red is significantly better than what I tasted last year, although I certainly gave it a high score. This wine has fleshed out beautifully. The final blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) has a deep purple color, a beautifully sweet nose of blackberries and cassis intermixed with some meatiness, smoke, and a touch of pain grille as well as notes of espresso and licorice. Full-bodied, rich, with decent acidity, excellent delineation, and moderately high tannin, this is a beauty that should evolve for 25ndash;30+ read more...years. It is no wimpish wine at 15.2% natural alcohol, but that is buried beneath a cascade of gorgeous fruit and glycerin. This wine should be cruising along brilliantly in 2030+.    (hide)
  • Wine Advocate
    (2005 Vintage) This wine has fleshed out beautifully. The final blend has a deep purple color, a beautifully sweet nose of blackberries and cassis intermixed with some meatiness, smoke, and a touch of pain grille as well as notes of espresso and licorice. Full-bodied, rich, with decent acidity, excellent delineation, and moderately high tannin, this is a beauty that should evolve for 25-30+ years. It is no wimpish wine at 15.2% natural alcohol, but that is buried beneath a cascade of gorgeous fruit and glycerin. This wine should be cruising along brilliantly in 2030+.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2005 Vintage) 84% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11% Merlot; 3% Cabernet Franc; 1% Petit Verdot; 1% Malbec. Pahlmeyer will never be accused of undue winemaking restraint, and its latest red-wine opus is draughted in the deep, highly ripened, very big-bodied style for which the label is famed. An absolutely mouthfilling effort that is piled high with layers of curranty fruit, raspberries, sweet oak, caramel and loamy spice, it is so rich that it verges on sweetness at times. It wants for at least another five or six years...
  • Wine Spectator
    (2005 Vintage) Ripe, rich and complex, with layers of black cherry, wild berry, currant and cherry kirsch flavors that are bold, rich and persistent, ending with a long, intense yet elegant aftertaste. –JL
  • Robert Parker
    (2005 Vintage)