Reviews & Recognition


95 Points - Wine Spectator #9 Wine of the Year

Wine Spectator, November 15, 2017
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Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Napa Valley 2015Score: 95For more than three decades, the Pahlmeyer family has been perfecting its formula for the quintessential California Chardonnay; ripe fruit fermented and aged in 95 percent new French oak yields an opulent mouthfeel and rich flavors. All the grapes for this wine come from Atlas Peak, Napa’s highest-altitude appellation, where Pahlmeyer’s estate vineyards are located. Elevations range from 1,500 to 2,100 feet, and while most wouldn’t think to… Read More

Women in Wine: 8 Great California Female Winemakers

By Michael Cervin,, March 8, 2017

Women winemakers have been on the job in California since the 1880s. Today, roughly 10% of bonded wineries in California, about 450, have a woman at the helm. The quality of the wines they produce makes it clear why these “women winemakers" prefer to be known as winemakers, period.Bibiana Gonzalez Rave, Wayfarer Vineyards, NapaBibiana makes her journey in wine sound like fate. She says, “I first dreamed of becoming a winemaker when I was 14 years old and I never looked back. I was a young… Read More

Wine to Buy This Week: 2014 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay

By Michael Cervin,, February 21, 2017

Chardonnay is often seen as a dime a dozen, but when you find an iteration so compelling and complex it can stop you on a dime. Read More

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs Blur the Boundary Lines

By Eric Asimov, New York Times, February 16, 2017

★★½PAHLMEYER SONOMA COAST JAYSON PINOT NOIR 2013 $54 Stony and earthy, with impeccably balanced flavors of red fruit and flowers. Read More

Splurge On Yourself for Valentine's Day

By Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, February 13, 2017

One of the benefits of being single on Valentine’s Day is you can treat yourself to a special bottle of wine instead of spending your paycheck on a pricey (not to mention mediocre) dinner for two. Here are some picks for sparkling, white, rosé, red and sweet wines to toast that special someone: YOU! Read More

The 2013 Vintage Told in 10 Cabs

By Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, Februart 10, 2017

Consistent temperatures and a calm growing season have led to bold, big tannins and gems meant to cellar. Here are 10 Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings to try. Read More

Best of Napa & Sonoma Wines: 2011-2013 Vintages

By Johannes Marlena and Ryan Koczara , The Corkscrewer Report, September 1, 2015

Pahlmeyer 2013 Chardonnay, 96 points Read More

Merlot Magic

By Kyle Swartz, Beverage Dynamics, September 21, 2015

Beverage Dynamics tasting panel reviews a set of international Merlots and finds Pahlmeyer at the top. Read More

What you can learn about wine from the makers

By Bill St. John, Chicago Tribune, July 17, 2015
Chicago Tribune

I'm lucky to regularly meet winemakers and winery owners from all over the world. Their conversations with me pass on so much about wine — what it means to them, what they themselves have learned about it and how better to appreciate it.I'd like to share some of these conversations, passing on to you what these folk first gave to me.About alcohol levels"You see the level of alcohol by volume on a label of wine because that's the law; but there are so many other chemical things that make the… Read More

Pahlmeyer plans to pass wine bottle to next generation

By Cynthia Sweeney, North Bay Business Journal, June 22, 2015
North Bay Business Journal

ST. HELENA – There’s an ongoing joke in Jayson Pahlmeyer’s family in which the Napa Valley winery owner keeps saying he’s going to retire to Aruba. Although he made that proclamation years ago, it hasn’t happened. Yet, the family has been taking steps for the wine business to continue when he decides to trade barrels for beach.A vast majority of Northern California wineries in business today were started after 1975, like Pahlmeyer Waters Ranch Vineyard, and about 75 percent are still… Read More