2008 Pahlmeyer - Chardonnay Napa Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

The 2008 Chardonnay is one of the finest Chardonnays of the vintage. Beautiful aromas of honeysuckle, brioche, white peaches, orange marmalade, and citrus blossoms soar from the glass of this light gold/green-hued wine. A terrific texture, full-bodied mouthfeel, and hints of hazelnuts as well as honey give this cuvee lots of flesh, depth, and richness. It should drink well for 5-8+ years.

Drink Dates: 2009-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 186

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Smooth and rich, with tiers of smoky, toasty oak, ripe fig, melon, honeysuckle, roasted marshmallow and hazelnut. Full-bodied, intense and concentrated, offering a long, persistent finish that keeps gaining depth.

Drink Dates: 2010-2015
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($70; mostly from estate fruit) Good medium yellow. Fresh pineapple and peach on the nose, along with a more tropical quality and a floral element; fruitier than the Sonoma Coast bottling. Chewy, supple and dense, with a slightly phenolic aggressiveness to the somewhat saline flavors of white plum and pineapple. A bit less suave and energetic than the Sonoma Coast bottling, finishing with an almost tannic impression. (I was unable to taste the 2008 pinot noir, as it had just been bottled.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 150

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 10/10/2010

Rating: 93
Author: Tbone200
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/26/2015

Rating: 90
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 09/28/2013
Site Blog: mac_h

Average rating: 93, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

244 bottles owned by 61 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: 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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