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2005 Pahlmeyer Merlot

  • 93 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety

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SKU: 55915-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($90) Good red-ruby. Dark fruit aromas complicated by violet, bitter chocolate and minerals; more complex than the young 2006. Tightly wound but already sexy, with fresh acidity and underlying minerality giving the dark fruit flavors excellent definition. This seems distinctly sweeter than the 2006 owing to its early harmoniousness, but is actually lower in pH and higher in acidity, according to Jayson Pahlmeyer.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Deeply structured and brooding, with smoky black currant and mineral aromas and firm but layered blackberry, cedar and Asian spice flavors that finish with chewy tannins. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 3,265 cases made.
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 2005 Merlot from their holdings on Atlas Peak has fresh brambleberry, mulberry and mocha-infused fruit, medium to full body, excellent acidity, and wonderful vibrancy and vigor. It is youthful at age 10. The alcohol level is listed at 15.2%, but again, it is completely hidden by the wineƒA?A?s wealth of concentration. This wine can be drunk now, but promises to hold and even evolve for another 10-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Anonymous | Rating: 94

    Author: Cyd
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2013-2020
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Dougobrick
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: wineme.310
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Dark blackberries and toast. Full bodied almost to the extent of a Cabernet. Very well integrated. But this wine is grossly overpriced.
    Author: Litig8tr
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Deep dark purple with thin, medium legs. Was honestly expecting more of a fruit bomb-ish experience here but this was nearly devoid of tannins and very light on its feet, very elegant. This beautiful floral characteristic dominated the palate, with raspberry and caramel flavors. Very different from the kind of Napa Merlot the kinds are making these days. Alcohol was well masked the aromatics again very floral and rich. Finished medium length. Drinking near peak.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2018
    Author: Rossboss
  • Self | Rating: 93

    excellent. This is fully mature, very classic aromas of tomatoes leaf, red dark color, medium to full body. Healthy tannins and long finish makes this along with excellent acidity a great companion to healthy plates in special a red pasta. Drink now and within next 2 years for best results.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2019
    Author: Jito72
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: marv
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.

See other similar producers:Harlan Estate,Cardinale Estate,Roy Estate

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 669 bottles owned
  • 116 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 116 collectors)