2004 Pahlmeyer - Merlot 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

The 2004 Merlot (a blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon) reveals Pomerol-like aromatics of caramelized red and black fruits, toffee and spice as well as a big, creamy, opulent texture, and a full-bodied mouthfeel with no hard edges. The wine's saturated ruby/purple color reveals no lightness at the edge. Wonderfully dense, rich, full, and incredibly sexy and long, this beauty is everything a Merlot should be. Enjoy it over the next 6-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2014-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 212

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Shows seductive aromas of rich currant, with mocha and espresso bean oak. Deep, complex, intense and concentrated. The long, full, persistent finish has firm, ripe tannins and lays the fruit and oak out in spades.

Drink Dates: 2007-2012
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($90; 15.8% alcohol; includes 12.5% cabernet sauvignon) Bright ruby-red. Subtly complex nose melds blueberry, cassis, tar, licorice, wild spices and minerals. Intense berry flavors are firmed by lively acidity. Not yet especially nuanced but this one boasts a lovely tight core of fruit and appears to be built to age. Finishes firmly tannic, with strong fruit.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Drink Dates: 2007-2012

Rating: 92
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 11/21/2012
Drink Dates: 2007-2012

Rating: 92
Author: Kurt and Mark Paul
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/30/2009

Rating: 91
Author: Michael P28
Tasted On: 11/29/2007
Minerals on the nose, lots of oak and berries. Slightly smokey taste, medium to long taste.

Average rating: 93, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

758 bottles owned by 226 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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