2008 Pahlmeyer - Merlot 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

(includes 9% cabernet sauvignon): Good deep red-ruby. Blackberry and licorice aromas perked up by violet and spices. Juicy and moderately deep, with dark fruit flavors complicated by tobacco and cedar. Not a fat style for this bottling but boasts a solid acid/tannin spine and very good balance--not to mention fruit intensity. Today this makes the young 2009 merlot seem a bit dry

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Densely structured, yet loaded with rich and supple fruit. Offers black raspberry and Asian spice aromas and concentrated red currant, loamy earth and espresso flavors. Needs time.

Drink Dates: 2012-2017
Author: Tim Fish


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

One of the few world-class Merlots in Napa Valley has always come from Pahlmeyer, and the 2008 looks to be no exception. Inky purple-colored, the wine offers up chocolatey espresso/mocha/cocoa notes as well as plenty of plum, black cherry and blacker fruits. Medium to full-bodied, with silky tannins, surprising elegance, and good richness, it is not the blockbuster it can be in some vintages, but it is very stylish and should drink well for 10-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2010-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 91
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 09/07/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2017

Rating: 91
Author: Leftymtb
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 02/19/2013

Rating: 91
Author: Anonymous Author
Tasted On: 08/09/2013

Average rating: 91, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

48 bottles owned by 18 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: 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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