2005 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Napa Valley

"The contrasting images of Clementine oranges and biscotti compliment each other here. The fresh acidity of lemon curd combines well with the richness of dulce de leche and the elegance of Bosc pears. The wine’s finesse is apparent as ripe cantaloupe aromatics subside to reveal those of toasted hazelnut." – Erin Green, Winemaker November 2011

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Vineyards

Critics

92 Points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #168, December 2006

The 2005 Chardonnay Napa, which reveals a light gold/green color along with scents of nectarines, quince, orange marmalade, brioche, and a leesy element. It possesses terrific acidity, not quite the complexity or mouthfeel of the Sonoma Coast offering, but a big, bold, smoky style.

90 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, June 2007

Harmonious, smooth and creamy, with delicate fig, vanilla, melon and spice, gaining complexity and length and ending with a touch of anise and cedary oak.

90 Points

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2007

Slightly paler yellow-gold than the Sonoma Coast bottling. Higher-toned, somewhat exotic aromas of pineapple, caramel and butterscotch. Fat and sweet, but with good acidity; today the butterscotch and caramel components are dominant, but there's no shortage of fruit and structure here.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
14.9%
Harvested:
September 20 to October 7, 2005
Bottled:
August 24, 2006
Released:
June 1, 2007

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 90% 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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