1996 Pahlmeyer - Merlot 750ml

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WA 97   IWC 93   WS 92   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

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.

Drink Dates: 1998-2013
Author: Robert Parker


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

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?

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

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.

Drink Dates: 2000-2006
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Juicy
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 02/14/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2010

Average rating: 94, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

689 bottles owned by 228 collectors.

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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.

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

Wine Varietal: Merlot


Merlot shares many of the same profile descriptors as Cabernet Sauvignon including plum, blackberry, chocolate and mocha. Bordeaux's Right Bank, such as in Pomerol and St.-Emilion, is the traditional home to this red grape, but it is grown all over the world. Merlot is either bottled on its own or is blended with other red grapes.

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