2010 Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley

Regal dark purple in hue, our 2010 Merlot offers silky aromas of violets and mountain boysenberry with hints of cinnamon and clove. A firm, structured core promises superb aging, while the wine’s rich, layered flavors and sensuous finish make it hard to resist now.

Deep purple in color, the 2009 Merlot offers olallieberry and freshly-baked gingerbread on the nose.  Plush 
tannins overlay a well-formed structure, while flavors of roasted herbs and concentrated mountain-grown 
blackberries blend together seamlessly.  The weighty palate hints that this wine will continue to evolve 
beautifully with proper cellaring.  The finish features lingering notes of whetting stone and blue raspberries.

Composition

89% Merlot
9% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Petit Verdot

Vineyards

Critics

93 Points

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #204, December 2012

A firm core of tannins provides the underlying structure for the 2010 Merlot. This juicy, dark, yet wonderfully sophisticated and polished wine impresses for its balance and overall sense of harmony. ... Hugely promising. Layers of fruit flow effortlessly to the long, voluptuous finish.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
15.2%
Harvested:
October 1 to October 16, 2010
Bottled:
April 24, 2012
Released:
February 4, 2013

The grape clusters were hand-sorted, and once de-stemmed, the berries were sorted again by hand on the way to tank. After four to five days of pre-fermentation cold maceration in small open-top fermentors, the fruit began 100% native yeast fermentation. Two to three weeks later, the fruit was gently pressed and moved to barrel where it finished primary and secondary fermentations. The wine continued to age in 80% new French oak – a combination of Taransaud and St. Martin barrels – for eighteen months. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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