2011 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Napa Valley

"Tantalizing and sophisticated, the 2011 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay offers rich aromas of toasted graham cracker, caramelized peach and lychee, and hints of tarragon and lavender. Notes of lemon zest, a touch of fresh cream and alluring acidity present a luscious composition. Beautifully balanced, with a cleansing finish, this wine will age elegantly for years." – Kale Anderson, Winemaker April 2012

An abundance of aromas flow from the glass of the 2010 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay.  Lime zest and 
honeysuckle lead to notes of vanilla and fondant.  Clean, crisp acidity balances rich peach-like nectar on the 
palate.  The mouthwatering, expansive finish evolves from notes of orange zest and lemon meringue to toasted 
brioche and graham

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Vineyards

Critics

94 Points

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #204, December 2012

The 2011 Chardonnay is gorgeous. Layers of lemon pastry, juicy peaches, butter and spices take shape in the glass. The 2011 is a bit restrained for Pahlmeyer, but all the elements are very nicely woven together. There is plenty of varietal character and house style, but in a slightly more reserved way than readers have become accustomed to over the years, mostly because of the cool growing season. This is a beautiful and classy wine through and through.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Kale Anderson
Alcohol:
14.9%
Harvested:
September 24 to October 20, 2011
Bottled:
August 21, 2012
Released:
April 29, 2013

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 and stirred weekly. It was not fined or sterile filtered.

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