1999 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Napa Valley

"The 1999 is another in a long line of “Industrial Strength” Pahlmeyer Chardonnays. Mouth filling, powerful and rich, this wine has a crisp backbone of minerals and integrated acid surrounding a ripe fruit core." – Erin Green, Winemaking May 2001

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Vineyards

  • Guman Vineyard,
  • Berlenbach Vineyard,
  • Atlas Peak Vineyard

Critics

92 Points

Wine Spectator, December 31, 2001

"Notably rich and concentrated, with layers of earthy pear, fig, apricot and nectarine, and touches of toasty oak that are at the same time deep and complex, and elegant and refined. Long, complex finish keeps pumping out the flavors." – JL

91 Points

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2001

"Medium yellow. Vibrant, spicy aromas of pineapple, crystallized lemon candy and clove. Dense and penetrating, with excellent intensity and development of flavor. Not exactly fat but concentrated and long. Boasts noteworthy dimension for California Chardonnay."

90 Points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #132 , December 2000

"The 1999 Chardonnay is a dense, concentrated effort with higher acidity than usual (the result of a cool growing season). This outstanding Chardonnay reveals medium to full body, excellent viscosity as well as abundant tangerine, citrus oil, mineral, and buttery tropical fruit aromas and flavors. "

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
14.8%
Harvested:
October 4 to October 9, 1999
Released:
August 1, 2001

Harvested at 25.3 brix, the grapes were barrel-fermented with native yeasts and aged in 100% new François Frères French oak barrels for 14 months with full malolactic fermentation.

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