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Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Napa Valley

Wine Details

Vineyard

Pahlmeyer

Varietal

Chardonnay

Style

White

Wine Description

(2008 Vintage) 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 85% new French oak barrels for eleven months on the lees, which were stirred weekly. It was not fined or sterile filtered.

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    clean, green apples, great flavors

    over 6 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (2012 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/20/2013
  • Wine Advocate
    (2009 Vintage) Consistently one of the top Chardonnays in California, Pahlmeyer’s 2009 exhibits an impressive, thick-looking, light gold color with green hues. Loads of peach, creme brulee, honeysuckle, and subtle oak are present in this full-bodied, well-endowed, pedal-to-the-metal style of Chardonnay that will appeal to those who like white Burgundy, but with additional richness. Given its track record, expect this wine to age nicely for 5-6 years.
  • Wine Spectator
    (2009 Vintage) Offers an exciting mix of flavors built around roasted marshmallow, honeysuckle, citrus and melon, ending with a rich, spicy aftertaste. Intense, focused, long and complex. Drink now through 2017. –JL