2001 Pahlmeyer - Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 750ml

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WA 94   WS 92   IWC 92   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The spectacular 2001 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast exhibits a medium light gold color with a greenish hue. It boasts a big, orange blossom, citrus oil, lanolin, and candied tropical fruit-scented perfume along with good underlying acidity, and a hint of minerality. It's a terrific Chardonnay to drink young, but it should age for 4-5 years.

Drink Dates: 2003-2008
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

A big, ripe, opulent style, with generous fig, marshmallow, toasty oak and ginger-spice flavors that coat the palate. Has a long, rich aftertaste, too, picking up a pleasant earthy quality that adds dimension.

Drink Dates: 2003-2007
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($60) Bright, pale yellow. Superripe aromas of peach, apricot, butterscotch and minerals. Dense, thick and strong on fruit. A chewy, highly concentrated wine with excellent volume and depth, just this side of heavy. Finishes with very persistent flavors of candied pineapple and apricot.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 90
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/20/2003
Drink Dates: 2003-2005
This wine is Pahlmeyer?s first effort at making a Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. It?s a good wine but the Napa Valley 2001 Chardonnay is the superior product. Light to medium gold colored wine with very slight cloudiness. A bright nose of vanilla, melon, lemon liqueur, slight spice, and some oak. Rich and viscous with more lemony fruit, graham cracker, and oak flavors admirably offset by sufficient acidity. The wine tastes a little hot in the finish however. Quite smooth and seductive but the wine lacks the concentration to really impress.

Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews
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149 bottles owned by 24 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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