2015 Pahlmeyer Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley

2015 Pahlmeyer Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley

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Hard to resist if you want to invest and indulge in a REAL classic Napa Valley Merlot that rivals the best Right Bank Bordeaux..  Great potential here for long time development if you can keep your hands off!  96.5% Merlot, 2.5% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.

“The 2015 vintage reflects our tireless dedication to create stunning wines amidst a challenging growing season. An
unusually warm spring led to early budbreak and rapid vine growth, but upon bloom, the weather turned cool and foggy
which slowed development and forced a small fruit set. Summer arrived with considerable heat, propelling the grapes
into early and intense flavor concentration. Ripening was then slowed by spells of unusually low temperatures. These fits
and starts demanded constant readiness and precision in all our farming practices. Our team patiently and carefully
walked row by row, watching for peak ripeness in each block.

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.” – Winemaker’s Notes.

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.  Coombsville fruit from Las Amigas.

“Aromas of blackberries, violets and dark fruits. Very aromatic. Full-bodied, round-textured and very balanced with both firmness and freshness. Energetic at the end. Drink or hold.” – 96 points, James Suckling

“Hugely concentrated and a touch reduced, this is a lovely, generously full-bodied wine, rich as a dark-cherry cobbler in flavor. The barrel oak is pronounced and supportive of the wine’s seasonings of black pepper, violet and plum. The ripeness and richness are profound, met by a structure that suggest further cellaring; enjoy best 2025–2030. {CELLAR SELECTION}” – 95 points, Wine Enthusiast (Virginie Boone)

“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.” 93-95 points –  Robert Parker, Wine Advocate


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