2008 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

 

“The 2008 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is pale yellow-green in color.  It has a profuse nose of honeysuckle, vanilla, orange zest 
and lemon curd.  The creamy mouthfeel is balanced with crisp minerality and firm acidity.  The finish never ends.” – Erin 
Green, Winemaker 

"Mandarin blossoms and crushed stone dominate the nose. The juice of a fresh squeezed meyer lemon brings brightness and clarity to a tightly focused mid-palate. The richness of the wine leads to a finish that deceivingly hints at sweetness." – Erin Green, Winemaker November 2011

“The 2008 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is pale yellow-green in color. It has a profuse nose of honeysuckle, vanilla, orange zest and lemon curd. The creamy mouthfeel is balanced with crisp minerality and firm acidity. The finish never ends.” – Erin Green, Winemaker September 2010

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Vineyards

Critics

95 Points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #187, February 2010

The 2008 Chardonnay reveals a greenish hue to its medium straw color as well as a super-intense nose of mandarin oranges, quince, white peaches, and hints of brioche and earth. Full-bodied with good underlying minerality, this crisp, elegant, fresh white wine is another superb effort from a winery that has a Midas touch with Chardonnay.

91 Points

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2010

Medium yellow. Complex, soil-driven aromas of yellow plum, white nectarine, citrus peel, nutmeg, minerals and butterscotch. Then dry, chewy and saline in the mouth, with fruit very much in the background. Uncompromisingly dry on the finish.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
14.9%
Harvested:
September 13 to September 30, 2008
Bottled:
August 18, 2009
Released:
November 1, 2009

The grapes were hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed. After overnight settling, the juice was racked to barrels for 100% native yeast barrel fermentation followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in 80% new French oak barrels for eleven months on the lees, which were stirred weekly. It was not fined or sterile filtered.

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