2002 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

"On the nose, the 2002 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay has intense floral aromas of lilac and lavender, fold into notes of anise and lime pith. On the palate, mashed pineapple fruit is framed by zesty ginger. The wine begs to be accompanied by foie gras." – Erin Green, Winemaker November 2011

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Vineyards

  • Ritchie Vineyard

Critics

92 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, June 2004

A rich, opulent, superripe style with a flash of heat that robs it of a bit of finesse, but there's no shortage of flavor packed into this wine, with layers of ripe fig, cedar and apricot, finishing with a dash of toasty oak.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
14.9%
Harvested:
September 27 to October 12, 2002
Bottled:
August 19, 2003
Released:
June 1, 2004

The whole-cluster grapes, harvested at 25.6 brix, were barrel-fermented on native yeasts and aged in 100% new François Frères French oak barrels for 10 months. The wine also progressed through 100% malolactic fermentation and was neither fined nor filtered.

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