1996 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Napa Valley


100% Chardonnay


  • Berlenbach Vineyard


95 Points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #120, December 1998

The awesome 1996 Chardonnay is one of the finest made at Pahlmeyer. A massive yet remarkably well-balanced example, it boasts a leesy complexity, rich, honeysuckle, buttered citrus, and roasted hazelnut characteristics. Since it was bottled unfiltered, it is throwing some sediment, so don't have a coronary if you see what professionals call "floaters." The wine's spectacular length and richness suggest another 4-5 years of longevity. This is undoubtedly one of the 1996 vintage's superstar Chardonnays.

90 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, May 1998

Rich and smoky, with complex fig, melon, toast and anise flavors that are still a bit disjointed, but all the ingredients are there and a little more time in the bottle should smooth things out. Drink now through 2002.


Helen Turley

Barrel fermented and aged in French oak barrels. 100% malolactic fermentation. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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