The 2007 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay features complex layers of ripe white peach, toasty vanillins, citrus, lemon curd and graham cracker crust. It is full-bodied with rich viscosity and perfectly balanced with lively acidity. The long finish leaves a juicy impression.
The grapes were hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed. After overnight settling, the juice was racked to barrels for 100% native yeast barrel fermentation followed by malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was aged in 90% new French oak barrels for eleven months on the lees, which were stirred weekly. It was not fined or sterile filtered.
Wine AdvocateThe 2007 Chardonnay Napa reveals more honeysuckle and ripe peach characteristics, a deeper, fleshier mouthfeel, and less minerality. Full-bodied with brilliant acidity, it can be consumed over the next 5-7 years.
Wine SpectatorAromas of fresh, ripe fig and peach join smoky, toasty oak and spicy hazelnut notes in this sleek, full-bodied style. Ends with a sweetish fig and apricot edge that's elegant and complex. –JL