2009 Pahlmeyer - Chardonnay Napa Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

Consistently one of the top Chardonnays in California, Pahlmeyer's 2009 exhibits an impressive, thick-looking, light gold color with green hues. Loads of peach, creme brulee, honeysuckle, and subtle oak are present in this full-bodied, well-endowed, pedal-to-the-metal style of Chardonnay that will appeal to those who like white Burgundy, but with additional richness. Given its track record, expect this wine to age nicely for 5-6 years.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Offers an exciting mix of flavors built around roasted marshmallow, honeysuckle, citrus and melon, ending with a rich, spicy aftertaste. Intense, focused, long and complex.

Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

(15.1% alcohol): Distinctly more vibrant on the nose than the Napa bottling, offering aromas of kiwi, lime and flowers. Then tighter and less obviously sweet in the mouth, with firm citrus and white nectarine flavors supported by minerality. Impressively dense wine with a slightly phenolic but bright finish.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: SurgPA05
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/20/2011
Perhaps not as balanced as the 2008, nonetheless a beautiful expression of Chardonnay with ample fruit, butter and acid well integrated to produce a lovely blend of new world flavor with old-world structure. Still a favorite for Chardonnay.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 93
Author: Anonymous Author
Tasted On: 08/09/2013

Rating: 92
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/22/2014
Drink Dates: 2012-2022
This very serious full core California Chardonnay, barrel fermented, full body. Has a good core of ripe pears, butterscotch, almonds. This has the 'fat' for a healthy dish like a pasta, sea food or a Salmon. Enjoy...is drinking full throttle but beautifully.

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

120 bottles owned by 29 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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