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1996 Pahlmeyer - Merlot 750ml
1996 Pahlmeyer - Merlot
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Merlot
1996 Pahlmeyer - Merlot
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 84

Saturated deep red-ruby color. Superripe aromas of blackberry, currant, dark chocolate, truffle, meat and exotic spices. Thick, sweet, silky and suave in the mouth, hinting at crystallized black raspberry; begins with rather reined-in flavors, then opens out explosively on the back end without losing its shape. Very long finish features substantial, palate-coating tannins and notes of tobacco, mocha and cardamom. I'd recommend drinking this compelling big boy on the young side: how can it get better than this?

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WA
97

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker

The 1996 Merlot (3,000 cases) is a worthy rival. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc tips the scales at a heady 14.6% alcohol. Could it be better than the 1997? The wine is opaque black/purple-colored, with a knock-out nose of plums, black cherries, chocolate, raspberries, licorice, and toasty new oak. Viscous in the mouth, with superb purity, this is a riveting, mind-boggling Merlot that sets a new reference point for this varietal in California. It can be drunk now, but has the potential to last for 15 or more years.

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WS
92

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Impeccably balanced, remarkably complex and concentrated, with layers of currant, cedar, plum and blackberry. Turns plush and chocolaty on the finish, where the flavors soar on. 2,000 cases made.

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Community Reviews

94

Juicy Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 02/14/2010 Drink Dates: 2010-2010

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