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94+ points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): One of the most beautiful wines of the year, the 2011 Merlot is endowed with tre...Read more...
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Black fruit, charcoal nose; black fruit, charcoal palate with depth; medium-plus finish. 92 points Read more
A complex nose opens with pungent dark fruit, including layers of blackberry, dark plum, and deep black cherry. Fruits are enveloped by an array o... Read more
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Black fruit, charcoal nose; black fruit, charcoal palate with depth; medium-plus finish. 92 points
A complex nose opens with pungent dark fruit, including layers of blackberry, dark plum, and deep black cherry. Fruits are enveloped by an array of terrene aromas, including green forest floor, rich earth, rosemary, cinnamon, banana pepper, and tobacco. Hints of butter and crème brulee add thickness to the layers. A burst of berry lushness explodes from front to back along the tongue creating a salivating flow of fruit-filled sensuality. A peppery counterpoint laces and punctuates the travel of taste all the way into a voluptuous, lengthy finish. Moderate acidity and smooth tannins make for a well-balanced, elegant wine.
Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10
Big powerful Bordeaux blend. Awesome but big price. Good firm tannins. Very well balanced. A certain earthiness to it. Love it but price scares me.
This is indeed one of the best Merlots I have had in this price range. However, Pahlmeyer Merlot 2004 is very fruit-forward, so if you are an old-world wine drinker, you might not find it very special. On the nose, the first thing that hits me is very ripe black fruits, plum, a hint of mild spices, a little hint of vanilla. Smooth tannins, medium-bodied. On the midpalate, you get licorice, ripe black fruits. This wine impresses me quite a bit, given the fact you pay $70. I would buy it again and would recommend it to a friend. One last very important thing, do not be a shallow person and say I do not drink Merlot because of Sideways. This is very insane. I know you are not a shallow person! Happy drinking! P.S. bottled at 15.2%
Full body, rich and smooth, almost buttery.
Appearance rub redy color... strong aroma and explosion of flavor... great with food or alone
External Reviews for Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley
Plush and richly structured, but with a dense, structured core, offering aromas of red currant and toasty mocha that lead to complex flavors of black cherry and Asian spice. Loamy, ripe tannins sneak in on the finish. Drink now through 2018. Wine Spectator. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2009 Pahlmeyer Merlot 750ml
WA 91pts - Winemaker Notes - Plum, cocoa and essence of roasted coffee beans mingle with blackberry, bing cherry, pomegranate, fresh raspberry compote and hints of lavender. Soft and plush yet solid in structure.
Plum, cocoa and essence of roasted coffee beans mingle with blackberry, bing cherry, pomegranate, fresh raspberry compote and hints of lavender. Soft and plush yet solid in structure.
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... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 2008 Pahlmeyer Merlot 750ml
A dense, powerful core is wrapped inside a plush and velvety exterior, with currant and espresso aromas. Delivers layered flavors of plum, grilled rosemary and cedar, finishing with firm but ripe tannins. Best from 2011 through 2015.
"Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. A beamy wine in the usual Pahlmeyer model
Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. A beamy wine in the usual Pahlmeyer model, this one is a bit more brushy, almost barky in tone than we have come to expect and it shows less of the concentrated fruity heart that also separates it from past efforts. It gets a tad cut off at the back and shows its tannins fairly aggressively. It is sure to reward cellaring, but its chances to achieve full grandeur are not wholly evident.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.
94+ points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): One of the most beautiful wines of the year, the 2011 Merlot is endowed with tremendous energy... Graphite, smoke, tar, licorice and plum notes meld into the finish. This is a knockout wine from Pahlmeyer. The 2011 will drink well early but it has more than enough depth to drink well for a number of years. The blend is 76% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. In 2011, the Merlot came from hillside parcels only. Drink: 2014-2026. (Nov 2013)
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