2006 Pahlmeyer - Merlot 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

Pahlmeyer's Merlot was the uncontested top California Merlot for many years, but significant competition has emerged from the upstart Kapcsandy Estate in Yountville. However, Pahlmeyer's offering remains one of the classic examples of just how great Merlot can be in Napa. The 2006 Merlot (89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits sweet chocolate, mocha, cola, black cherry, and plum aromas and flavors as well as full body, a sumptuous, dense texture, and no hard edges. The beautifully integrated acidity, tannin, and wood result in a hedonistic, mouthfilling, luscious Merlot to consume over the next 10-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2008-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

(includes 11% cabernet sauvignon) Full ruby-red. Black raspberry, licorice, truffle, shoe polish and a note of black olive on the nose. Sweet, lush and plump, with expressive flavors of black plum syrup, dark chocolate, mocha and truffle. This boasts a solid middle ("the addition of some cabernet adds weight and fills out the palate," notes winemaker Green) to support its substantial ripe tannins. Finishes with dark fruits and earth. This has turned out very well.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: Rossboss
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/20/2015
Drink Dates: 2010-2017
The wine of the night and easily one of the best Merlots I've had to date. Fruity, floral perfume, and delicious well balanced raspberry, dark cherry and oak flavors, with nothing overpowering. Super smooth entry, great multi-second finish, not a rough edge in sight. Quintessential steak wine to balance the fat and savoriness. Decanting this with an hour or more of air turned out to be a smart move. This is just about there.

Rating: 94
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/09/2013

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Rating: 94
Author: dvaldosf
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 04/27/2010
Drink Dates: 2011-2016
Color: Deep garnet, with crimson edges. Nose: Plum, black fruits, dusty cocoa and allspice. Palate: Big, bright wine, beautifully smooth tannins, black cherry and black berries. Very nice round mouth feel with soft edges. The wine envelopes your palate, but it is not jammy. This is a well balanced, well integrated wine, with a touch of acidity. The finish is long.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 92
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/06/2013

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 92
Author: Paco
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/25/2015

Average rating: 91, based on 7 reviews
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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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