2004 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

"Perfectly roasted marshmallow and baked Pippin apples overpower the nose. Sage and thyme aromas reveal themselves adding to the wine’s complexity. Throughout the finish, cotton candy, anise, and stone fruit pit, flavors slowly dwindle away." – Erin Green, Winemaker November 2011

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Vineyards

  • Ritchie Vineyard

Critics

93 Points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #162, December 2005

The 2004 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast is produced from the old Wente clone planted in the Ritchie Vineyard, which is certainly turning out to be a fabulous grand cru site whether the wine is made by Pahlmeyer, Marc Aubert, or others. Displaying plenty of orange rind, buttered pineapple, and leesy brioche notes, it is a seductive, sexy, full-bodied, heady wine with tremendous richness as well as good underlying acidity. Like so many Sonoma Coast Chardonnays, it reveals a greenish hue to the light gold/straw color, which usually signifies a potentially long life.

90 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, July 2006

Floral, honeysuckle aromas are joined by ripe pear, citrus and hazelnut flavors that are silky and elegant, finishing with good richness and a dash of nutmeg-laced oak flavor.

90 Points

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2006

Healthy green-tinged yellow color. Ripe peach and nectarine perked up by flowers, minerals and citrus peel. Juicier in the mouth than the Napa Valley offering, with a strong nutmeg spiciness lifting the peachy fruit.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
14.9%
Harvested:
September 1 to September 30, 2004
Bottled:
August 31, 2005
Released:
October 1, 2006

The whole-cluster grapes were barrel-fermented on native yeasts and aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 11 months. The wine also progressed through 100% malolactic fermentation and was neither fined nor filtered.

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