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2012 Pahlmeyer - Merlot

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 91 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 97 JS
  • Variety
    Merlot
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SKU: 55915-2012
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    (15.2% alcohol; blended with 6% petit verdot and 2% cabernet sauvignon): Good red-ruby. Slightly jammy aromas of dark berries, chocolate and graphite. Sweet, plush and broad, with mouthfilling flavors of dark cherry, cassis, cocoa powder and caramel. Not especially brisk or sharply delineated but finishes with sufficient energy, ripe tannins and very good sweetness and length. In the copious 2012 vintage, the merlot crop was close to five tons per acre on these densely planted vines (3 feet by 6), cropped to one cluster per shoot, according to winemaker Kale Anderson.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    An unapologetically plump and flamboyant style that offers pure pleasure. Blackberry and spicy toast aromas lead to rich, complex flavors of black cherry and mocha, with a hint of dry herb. The finish lasts forever. Drink now through 2020. 2,800 cases made.
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    Often one of the top three or four Merlots made in California is the 2012 Merlot (91% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon). This has always been a winner and continues to be so, and probably no winery in California has had such a long succession of brilliant Merlots as Jayson Pahlmeyer. He has had some brilliant talent working with him over the years, including one of the first jobs Helen Turley took, followed by one of her assistants Erin Green. This wine exhibits dense plum/ruby/purple color, plenty of mocha, cherry jam and cassis. I wouldn't say it's one of their all-time great Merlots, but it's top-flight. Very rich, it shows a broad spectrum of flavors and an expansive mouthfeel. Drink it over the next decade. Some new cuvAces seem to have entered Pahlmeyer's portfolio. I guess making two world-class red wines, their Merlot and Proprietary Red was just not enough of a challenge for Jayson Pahlmeyer!
    Author: Robert Parker
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97

    This continues to be a benchmark for Napa merlots for me with soft and velvety tannins, earth, mushroom and meat character. White truffle too. Unique nose. Full body and a juicy, long, long finish. Drink or hold.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Vinous | Rating: 91

    White truffle, smoke, licorice, tobacco and iron are some of the notes that emerge from the 2012 Merlot. Today, it is the wine's ferrous/savory notes that are most prominent. On the palate, the wine is a bit less generous, with firm tannins that remain unyielding. Readers need to give the 2012 at least a year or two in bottle to soften. Dollops of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon round out the blend.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 91

    This wine has changed a lot since my last tasting. No longer jammy, it is a bit thin, with a soft finish.
    Author: Litig8tr
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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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

  • 194 bottles owned
  • 44 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 44 collectors)