2002 Pahlmeyer - Merlot 750ml

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2002 Pahlmeyer - Merlot
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International Wine Cellar | 93

($90; includes 5% cabernet sauvignon) Full ruby-red. Roasted plum, blackberry, blueberry, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose. Intensely flavored and sweet, with harmonious acidity framing the complex, slightly saline flavors of dark berries and game. Finishes with lovely lift and length, with the fine-grained tannins arriving late. A strong vintage for this bottling.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | 95

Made from a blend of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2002 Merlot is the ultimate Merlot in terms of pure, seductive prowess. It possesses a dense purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of espresso roast, melted fudge, black currants, cherries and subtle smoke as well as earth, great intensity, and full-bodied opulence, in a voluptuous, juicy, unctuously textured style that cascades over the palate with no hard edges. This is haute couture of Merlot. Moreover, while it has always been open and accessible, this 2002 will last for another 15-20 years given its concentration.

Drink Dates: 2012-2032
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Wine Spectator | 91

A rich, concentrated yet elegant wine, with layers of mocha, currant and blackberry fruit. Tightens up on the finish, where the tannins flex their muscles. Intensity of the oak suggests short-term cellaring. 1,322 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2012
Author: James Laube


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Score: 95
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
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Score: 93
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/21/2012

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Score: 93
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/07/2010
Drink Dates: 2005-2014
Delicious. Purple color and ripe dark fruit on the nose. After an hour of air, blackberry and mocha flavors stain the palate. Long finish.

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More Vintages and Sizes of Pahlmeyer - Merlot :

2012 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2008 (1.5L)
2003 (1.5L)
1999 (1.5L)

About This Producer


Pahlmeyer started over 20 years ago when former trial attorney Jayson Pahlmeyer decided to turn his passion for wine into a career in Napa Valley. After studying viticulture and oenology at the University of Bordeaux, Pahlmeyer returned to the United States and produced his first wine (a Bordeaux blend) in 1986. Under the guidance of Pahlmyer, and current winemaker Erin Green, this reputation endures, annually establishing the estate as one of the finest producers of Bordeaux blends, Merlot, and Chardonnay in California.

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