2005 Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley

Composition

89% Merlot
11% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyards

Critics

94 Points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #174, December 2007

The 2005 Merlot is looking sensational, and far better than I thought last year... The wine reveals distinctive black cherry and berry notes intermixed with chocolate, mocha, caramel, and scorched earth. The wine is full-bodied, fleshy, but has underlying acidity and a long, layered finish. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15+ years.

92 Points

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2008

Good red-ruby. Dark fruit aromas complicated by violet, bitter chocolate and minerals... Tightly wound but already sexy, with fresh acidity and underlying minerality giving the dark fruit flavors excellent definition.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
15.2%
Harvested:
September 29 to October 10, 2005
Bottled:
April 16, 2007
Released:
February 1, 2008

The grapes were given a five-day cold soak before fermentation, fermented on their own natural yeast, and aged nineteen months in French oak barrels. The wine was bottled with neither fining nor filtration on April 16, 2007.

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