2000 Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley

 

Comprised of 100% Merlot, the 2000 vintage is an intense, concentrated, artfully balanced wine. The color 
is a dark lush purple with aromas of smoky spice and dark fruit.  The palate is round and mouth filling, 
encompassing flavors of rich, ripe black cherry fruit and complemented by subtle hints of the wine’s terroir.  
The tannins are fine and delineated, with the finish long and lingering

"Comprised of 100% Merlot, the 2000 vintage is an intense, concentrated, artfully balanced wine. The color is a dark lush purple with aromas of smoky spice and dark fruit. The palate is round and mouth filling, encompassing flavors of rich, ripe black cherry fruit and complemented by subtle hints of the wine’s terroir. The tannins are fine and delineated, with the finish long and lingering." – Erin Green, Winemaker September 2002

Composition

100% Merlot

Critics

90 Points

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2003

Impressive dark ruby color. Superripe aromas of chocolate syrup, mocha, tobacco and smoke, with a meaty nuance. Fat, thick and rich, with roasted currant and truffle flavors. Extremely lush and full in the mouth, but could use a bit more clarity and refinement. Finishes quite long, with smooth tannins.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
14.3%
Harvested:
September 11 to October 16, 2001
Bottled:
April 1, 2002
Released:
February 1, 2003

The wine was aged in new Taransaud French oak barrels for eighteen months before being bottled in April of 2002. Ten months of bottle ageing has allowed it to develop further in the bottle.

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