2015 Pahlmeyer Merlot

Aromas of red fruit, crushed raspberries and jam mingle with notes of orange-spiced tea and blueberry muffin. On the palate, a rich entry turns soft and plush, with bright red fruit supported by balanced acidity. This is a juicy wine, with satisfying depth and length.

Composition

96.5% Merlot
2.5% Malbec
1% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyards

Critics

93-95 Points

Robert Parker, 12/31/2016

There are few truly profound Merlots being made in California, but Pahlmeyer has consistently made some of the best. This is a big, fleshy, rather hefty and chewy style of Merlot with loads of chocolate, blackberry, cassis, extraordinary opulence, voluptuous texture (as you might expect) and terrific ripeness without going over the edge. This should drink well young, but age effortlessly for 20-25 years. - Robert Parker

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Kale Anderson
Alcohol:
14.5%
Harvested:
September 4 to October 10, 2015
Bottled:
April 13, 2017
Released:
March 19, 2018

Grape clusters were gravity-fed onto a vibrating table where two screens sifted out materials other than grapes, and we removed by hand any fruit that did not pass visual inspection. After gentle destemming, individual berries were hand-sorted again to ensure that only the best grapes were delivered to the fermenters. The fruit underwent five days of cold maceration and two to six weeks of primary fermentation before gentle basket press. We aged the wine in 85% new Seguin Moreau Icone and Taransaud French Oak barrels for 20 months.

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