2005 Pahlmeyer Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

"This deeply colored wine boasts rich, ripe aromas of blueberries, black fruit, and violets complemented by intriguing spice components.  The lush, complex palate is balanced beautifully by ample acidity and creamy oak nuances.  Tannins are moderate and will integrate seamlessly as the wine ages.  This is truly a magnificent wine." – Erin Green, Winemaker September 2007

Composition

100% Pinot Noir

Vineyards

Critics

92 Points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #180, December 2007

The 2005 Pinot Noir is tasting beautifully. This wine has a deep ruby color, a superb nose of raspberries, crushed rocks, and some subtle background oak. It is full-bodied, ripe, generous, with some forest floor-like notes reminiscent of a top red Burgundy.

92 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, September 2007

Smooth, rich and polished, with ripe plum, wild berry and spicy blackberry notes that are elegant and stylish. This is harmonious, long and silky on the finish.

90 Points

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2007

Deep ruby-red. Sappy, dark aromas of black fruits, pomegranate, licorice and violet, with a suggestion of hard candy. Dense and powerful, with a velvety texture and sound acidity. Not yet complex but the black fruit flavors boast very good sweetness. A bit chunky in style, with chewy tannins and a slight dry edge.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
14.9%
Harvested:
September 3 to October 4, 2005
Bottled:
December 20, 2006
Released:
September 1, 2007

The grapes for the 2005 Pahlmeyer Pinot Noir were harvested by hand beginning in September and continuing through early October. The whole, de-stemmed berries were then fermented in short, open-topped stainless steel tanks and cold-soaked using native yeasts. The wine was aged for 15 months in French oak barrels and then bottled without fining or filtration.