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Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot 2015 1.5 Liter Magnum
Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot 2015 1.5 Liter Magnum
Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot 2015 1.5 Liter Magnum

Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot 2015 1.5 Liter Magnum

SKU: 292730-1
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Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot 2015 1.5 Liter Magnum

Product Description

Aroma: Red fruit, crushed raspberries, and jam mingle with notes of orange-spiced tea and a blueberry muffin. Mouth Feel: 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.

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.

Wine Enthusiast

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.

Score: 95, Virginie Boone, December 31, 2018

 

Wine Advocate

There are few truly profound Merlots being made in California, but Pahlmeyer has consistently made some of the best. I still have some that are 20+ years old and aging magnificently. I suspect that the last three vintages that they made were better than anything I bought 20+ years ago. The 2015 Merlot is 100% Merlot, but the crop level was off by 50%-60% because of the horrendous flowering that makes 2015 a relatively tiny crop in both Napa and Sonoma. 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.

Score: 93-95, Robert Parker, December 30, 2016

Wine Spectator

A decadently ripe aroma leads to flavors of green olive, dried cherry and raspberry that are vibrant and well-spiced. Fig and tarry notes emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 2,200 cases made.

Score: 91, Kim Marcus, November 15, 2018

Composition

96.5% Merlot
2.5% Malbec
1% Cabernet Sauvignon

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