2017 Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley

$89.95
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JS97

Pahlmeyer produced another memorable Merlot in this plush, 97-Point masterpiece. James Suckling says “It’s full-bodied and creamy with supple tannins. Polished and rich, yet so fresh and balanced. Smooth, firm and flavorful,” from the fruit-forward first impression to the long, “caressing finish.” This seamless, cellar-worthy wine is going to be the highlight of your next dinner party. Limit 6 bottles per customer.

Jayson Pahlmeyer's mission from the outset has been clear: “industrial strength wines.” His megawatt personality is reflected in his wines, which regularly push the ripeness envelope. An absolute contrarian to the traditional “wine as a meal complement” philosophy, Jayson wants wines that are a meal unto themselves. The critics have noted his success with Robert Parker commenting “Things just seem to get better and better at Pahlmeyer, a long-standing, brilliant, remarkably consistent source for one of Napa's finest Merlots, Chardonnays, and Pinot Noirs.” There’s no question that these are wines that are built for maximum palate impact, but there’s substance behind the flash. While the grapes are picked ultra-ripe, they’re not out of balance. With Bibiana González Rave at the winemaking helm, the wines have never been better, and the Wayfarer project in Fort Ross is on the brink of becoming a new icon.

Varietal:
Merlot
Winemaker:
Bibiana Gonzales Rave
Vintage:
2017
Aging:
20 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak, 100% New
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Vineyard:
Pahlmeyer Estate, Rancho Chimiles
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Merlot
Alcohol %:
14.9%
SKU #:
1046897
Size:
750 ml Bottle
JS97

James Suckling

Lovely, succulent red with juicy berries and plums, together with some chocolate, spice, walnut and cedar. It’s medium-bodied with round tannins and a flavorful finish. Touch of dried fruit in the center palate. A pretty combination of savory and fresh-fruit character. Some orange peel as well. A baby Prado Enea.