2001 Pahlmeyer - Merlot 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($80; includes 2% cabernet sauvignon) Full ruby. Superripe aromas of currant and chocolate liqueur, with a whiff of roasted meat. Huge, lush and gamey, with complex flavors of cassis, minerals, mulch, smoke and sweet herbs. Finishes with big, sweet tannins. A large-scaled wine that's more than simply a fruit bomb-but I'd want to drink this high-pH, high-alcohol merlot over the next four or five years.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

The Merlot should convert all the doubters of this varietal in Napa Valley, as it is consistently one of the top two or three Merlots made in California. At ten years of age, the 2001 confirms what an extraordinary Merlot producer he is. It transcends the category and puts to shame most of the Merlots that emerge from the Golden State. A dense plum/purple color is accompanied by a beautifully sweet nose of melted chocolate, creme de cassis, cherry pie, earth and spice. It possesses a voluptuous texture, brilliant purity and equilibrium, and a chewy, succulent finish. This sexy, complex, full-bodied 2001 Merlot is just hitting full maturity where it should remain for another 10-15+ years. Bravo!

Drink Dates: 2011-2026
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 195

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

A magnificent wine, deliciously rich and concentrated, with layers of complex black cherry, berry, currant, herb, mocha and spice, with pretty oak shadings and a smooth, supple texture and remarkably elegant lift on the finish. 1,428 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2012
Author: James Laube


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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: wineme.310
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/08/2012

Rating: 93
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2007-2012+
Opaque red black colored wine with lots of thin moderately colored legs. A warm and full nose of graham crackers, chocolate brownies, mint, vanilla, candied plum, milk, and light sage. Thick and rich on the palate with gobs of sweet, dense chocolaty fruit framed with moderate oak. Velvety tannins are almost completely obscured by the wine?s considerable fruit. Finishes very long. Acidity is sufficient for moderate cellaring. The wine showed little degradation 48 hours after opening.

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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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