"Aromas of ripe peach and summer flowers, layered with wisps of creamy lemon oil, leap out of the glass. The wine’s smooth, rich viscosity and superfine minerality carry sophisticated notes of white nectarine, pear and honeysuckle across the palette. The lingering finish reveals flavors end with a light caramel, hazelnut and hints of Key lime zest." – Kale Anderson, Winemaker October 2013
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Issue #209, October 2013
Pahlmeyer’s spectacular 2012 Chardonnay offers abundant aromas of hazelnuts, buttered citrus, tropical fruits and honeysuckle intermixed with a touch of tangerine oil. It cuts a full-bodied swath across the palate, and possesses good acidity, exuberant fruit and an undeniably sexy style. Enjoy this terrific All-American, All-Napa Valley Chardonnay over the next 4-5 years. Bravo!
- Kale Anderson
- September 12 to October 5, 2012
- August 21, 2013
- December 1, 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.