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1996 Pahlmeyer - Merlot Merlot - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Merlot
Producer Notes

Pahlmeyer started over 20 years ago when former trial attorney Jayson Pahlmeyer decided to turn his passion for wine into a career in Napa Valley. After studying viticulture and oenology at the University of Bordeaux, Pahlmeyer returned to the United States and produced his first wine (a Bordeaux blend) in 1986. Under the guidance of Pahlmyer, and current winemaker Erin Green, this reputation... More »

Score
94
IWC 93
WS 92
WA 97
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2010 WA: 1998-2013 WS: 2000-2006
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IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 84

Saturated deep red-ruby color. Superripe aromas of blackberry, currant, dark chocolate, truffle, meat and exotic spices. Thick, sweet, silky and suave in the mouth, hinting at crystallized black raspberry; begins with rather reined-in flavors, then opens out explosively on the back end without losing its shape. Very long finish features substantial, palate-coating tannins and notes of tobacco, mocha and cardamom. I'd recommend drinking this compelling big boy on the young side: how can it get better than this?

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WA 97
Source Wine Advocate
Drink Dates 1998-2013

The 1996 Merlot (3,000 cases) is a worthy rival. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc tips the scales at a heady 14.6% alcohol. Could it be better than the 1997? The wine is opaque black/purple-colored, with a knock-out nose of plums, black cherries, chocolate, raspberries, licorice, and toasty new oak. Viscous in the mouth, with superb purity, this is a riveting, mind-boggling Merlot that sets a new reference point for this varietal in California. It can be drunk now, but has the potential to last for 15 or more years.

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WS 92
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2000-2006

Impeccably balanced, remarkably complex and concentrated, with layers of currant, cedar, plum and blackberry. Turns plush and chocolaty on the finish, where the flavors soar on. 2,000 cases made.

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Author Juicy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.353%
Tasted On 02/14/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2010
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