2003 Pahlmeyer Merlot


97% Merlot
3% Cabernet Sauvignon



92 Points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #162, December 2005

The 2003 Merlot is one of the top three or four Merlots in California. A huge nose of melted chocolate, roasted coffee, black cherry, and charcoal jumps from the glass of this full-bodied, opulent, sexy Merlot. It is a delicious, savory, heady wine.

90 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, June 2006

Appealing for its broad display of fruitiness, with cherry cola, cherry candy and black cherry fruit that's well-centered, turning supple at midpalate yet firming up on the finish.

90 Points

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2006

Bright ruby-red. Black cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate and menthol on the aromatic nose. Softer and lusher in style than the comparatively dense and more primary 2004, with flavors of dark raspberry, licorice and dark chocolate. Nicely supple merlot, with harmonious acidity and slightly elevated tannins.


Erin Green
September 17 to October 14, 2003
August 26, 2005
February 1, 2006

The grapes were given a five-day cold soak before fermentation, fermented on their own natural yeast, and aged nineteen months in 100% new French oak barrels. The wine was bottled with neither fining nor filtration.

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