2000 Pahlmeyer - Chardonnay Napa Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Faintly hazy appearance. Subtly complex, rather Burgundian aromas of pineapple, lemon, dried fruits, nuts, herbs, flowers and toasty oak. Rich, lush, pliant and sweet; offers almost exotic ripeness and viscous texture without losing its primary fruit component. Finishes long, dry and very ripe, with an almost tannic quality. More full-blown than the '99, but perhaps better suited for drinking in its youth. And the 2001 to come is even deeper and more layered.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Lots to admire in this ripe, rich, full-blown style. It serves up layers of complex fig, citrus, hazelnut, pear and appley flavors, finishing long and detailed. 2,400 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003-2006
Author: James Laube


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

There are 2,500 cases of the 2000 Chardonnay. The acidity level presents itself as high, although Erin told me that analytically they are not out of line with lower acid vintages. Notes of honeyed citrus, lemon blossoms, candied oranges, and hazelnuts jump from the glass of this full-bodied, tasty, ripe, concentrated effort. It displays more definition and structure than previous examples. Whether that will translate into a longer aging curve is impossible to know, but my experience with most Pahlmeyer Chardonnays has shown that as great as they drink young, they can last for 5-6 years without any deterioration.

Drink Dates: 2002-2008
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 142

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/31/2005
Fantastic!

Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

199 bottles owned by 57 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.

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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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