Reviews & Recognition


What to Drink Now: Chardonnay for Mother's Day

By Hayley Hamilton Cogill, D Magazine, May 2015
D Magazine

Mother’s Day is this weekend and the perfect wine to celebrate mom with is chardonnay. This refreshing wine continues to be the favorite white varietal in America. Here are a few that are sure to please, a few selections were sent for editorial consideration...Elegant, textured and beautifully balanced, since its first vintage in 1989, Pahlmeyer Chardonnay has proven that Napa Valley is the ideal place to grow not only Cabernet Sauvignon, but also Chardonnay. Where most Chardonnay in Napa… Read More

What to Drink Now: Pinot Noir

By Hayley Hamilton Cogill, D Magazine, April 2015
D Magazine

I am often asked what my favorite wine is, a tough question for a wine lover as a favorite truly depends on the circumstances of how you are enjoying it. The answer can change on any given day. However, the wine I would be completely happy drinking for the rest of my life would be a Pinot Noir. Though many varieties express their sense of place with ease, perhaps no other does so as well as Pinot Noir — which can be enjoyed with light to heavy dishes, fish to beef, soup to salad. Here are a… Read More

12 must-try New World pinot noirs

By Daryna Tobey, Fortune, April 2015

Our recent Fortune tastings have unearthed a number of terrific pinots. Here are our favorites. Read More

Pine Wine: Mountain Wines

By John Vankat, Arizona Daily Sun, April 7, 2015
AZ Daily Sun

Arizonans know mountains, from Flagstaff's spectacular San Francisco Peaks to Tucson's imposing Santa Catalina Mountains. But do Arizonans know that mountains do more than provide beautiful scenery, recreation and ecological values? Mountains also can produce wonderful wines. Proof comes from California and elsewhere.Although there are no vineyards high on California's Sierra Nevada, some of the state's coastal mountains are another story. Napa's Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain are prime… Read More

Five White Lies About Chardonnay

By Ray Isle, Food & Wine, March 2015
FW March 2015

No wine has ever been so unfairly maligned as Chardonnay. F&W's Ray Isle debunks the myths and extols the magnificence of great bottlings at every price and in every style. Read More

Robb Report "Big Easy"

By Brett Anderson, Robb Report, December 2014
Robb Report Dec 2014

When Jayson Pahlmeyer left his career as a contract attorney to become a California vintner, his goal was to produce a world-class red wine in the tradition of the great Bordeaux. He successfully smuggled illegal French clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec into the United States. This minor crime brought major success: Pahlmeyer wines attract both high scores and collectors. But because the flagship wine is most often set in cellars for aging, Pahlmeyer… Read More

Piece Offering

By Brett Anderson, Robb Report, October 2013
Robb Report Oct 2013

Introduced with the 2004 vintage, Pièce de Résistance has since been discreetly sold to Pahlmeyer’s allocation list. Read More

Sonoma Coast's New A-Lister

By Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, April 2013
WE Apr 2013

At age one, California's Fort Ross-Seaview AVA is already making its mark with elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Read More

California’s Best Chardonnays

By James Laube, Wine Spectator, July 2012
WS CA Best Chard2

30 producers who set the gold standard for quality. Read More

Who'll Save Merlot?

By Jeffery Lindenmuth, Food Arts, June 2012
Food Arts June 2012

Having survived the slings and arrows of overexposure and bad press, is Merlot now ready for a comeback? Winemakers and sommeliers ponder the hopeful future of this stalwart varietal. In 2006, Jeff Smith, winemaker and owner of Hourglass Vineyards, purchased Blueline, a hillside vineyard tucked away just north of St. Helena, California, planting it to Bordeaux varie­ties, including three acres of Merlot. Planted near the height of the grape’s unpopularity, these Merlot vines covered three… Read More