2016 Pahlmeyer Merlot 1.5L

The 2016 Pahlmeyer Merlot opens with complex aromas of blueberry and boysenberry lifted with fresh hints of cardamom, anise and Herbs de Provence. The deep fruit flavors carry over the palate, with subtle notes of forest floor, crushed tomatoes, and oregano. Soft, supple, elegant tannins provide the kind of structure that will help this wine age beautifully.

Composition

96.5% Merlot
2.5% Malbec
1% Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Bibiana González Rave
Alcohol:
14.9%
Harvested:
September 16 to October 1, 2016
Bottled:
May 29, 2018
Released:
March 18, 2019

Grape clusters were gravity-fed onto a vibrating table where two screens sifted out materials other than grapes, and we removed by hand any fruit that did not pass visual inspection. After gentle destemming, individual berries were hand-sorted again to ensure that only the best grapes were delivered to the fermenters. The fruit underwent five days of cold maceration and two to six weeks of primary fermentation before gentle basket press. We aged the wine in 85% new French oak barrels for 20 months.

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