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Pahlmeyer Chardonnay 2015 (Napa Valley, California) - [RP 96] [WS 95, #9 Top 100 of 2017] [WE 95]
Pahlmeyer Chardonnay 2015 (Napa Valley, California) - [RP 96] [WS 95] [WE 95]

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Winery: Pahlmeyer
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Napa Valley, California
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:
This wine opens with aromas of lemon and neroli oil, floral hints of lily and acacia, and the suggestion of fresh brioche. The smooth, unctuous palate is clean, complex and harmonious with fresh apricot characters. Warm notes of clove and nutmeg, carry over the rich, lengthy finish.

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. In the winery, we rigorously selected only the finest barrels of Chardonnay, resulting in a wine that shines with intensity, complexity and bright acidity.

Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Winemaker: Kale Anderson
Alcohol: 14.8%
Harvested: August 27 to September 18, 2015
Bottled: August 16, 2016
Released: March 20, 2017

Ratings & Reviews

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2015 Chardonnay, which comes from both Old Wente and Dijon clones, is off the estate property on Atlas Peak. It has that noteworthy greenish hue to its light-gold color, which I consider a high-sign of quality. Orange blossom, tangerine oil, mango, subtle smoky wood, a full-bodied texture, terrific purity and acidity, great fruit and a long, long finish are the stuff of great California Chardonnay. This cuvée also has a phenomenal track record for aging for at least 7-10 years, and in certain vintages even longer." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (30th Dec 2016)

95 Points, #9 Top 100 of 2017 - Wine Spectator Magazine:

"This offers a gorgeous mouthful of rich, buttery Chardonnay, loaded with exotic tropical fruit, pear, melon and pineapple flavors. Impressive for its opulence and silkiness, a nice combination. Drink now through 2022. 2,500 cases made." – JL (Jul 31, 2017)

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Gorgeous aromatics of heady voluptuousness conjure elements of caramel, honey and baked apple behind a golden hue of color in this memorable, no-holds-barred white. The flavors follow through along a lengthy layered pathway lined in sparks of anise and key lime, finishing in juicy crisp acidity." - Virginie Boone (10/1/2017)

Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"The 2015 Chardonnay (Napa Valley) is a very pretty, racy, voluptuous Chardonnay. Apricot, chamomile, mint, new French oak, butter, vanillin and lightly honeyed notes give the 2015 much of its extroverted, flamboyant personality. Even with all of its richness, though, the 2015 is a relatively mid-weight wine in its structure but with a decidedly overt, oak-influenced personality." - Antonio Galloni (Dec 2016)

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