2009 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Consistently one of the top Chardonnays in California, Pahlmeyer's 2009 exhibits an impressive, thick-looking, light gold color with green hues. Loads of peach, creme brulee, honeysuckle, and subtle oak are present in this full-bodied, well-endowed, pedal-to-the-metal style of Chardonnay that will appeal to those who like white Burgundy, but with additional richness. Given its track record, expect this wine to age nicely for 5-6 years.
Offers an exciting mix of flavors built around roasted marshmallow, honeysuckle, citrus and melon, ending with a rich, spicy aftertaste. Intense, focused, long and complex. Drink now through 2017.
Although sporting all of the flashy oak and very deep, fully ripe fruit that we have come to expect from Pahlmeyer, this latest from Napa is as impressive for its very fine sense of balance as it is for its richness and range. It is quite full on the palate and yet wonderfully firm in structure, and there is nothing excessive or heavy about it. It is, in fact, a Chardonnay that begs for time in the cellar, and, while it is a complex and compelling wine even now, it promises to be better yet if allowed three or four years in which to fully develop.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full yellow. Rather exotic aromas of tangerine, pineapple, clove and honey. Tactile and rich, with excellent depth to the soft citrus, butterscotch and honeysuckle flavors. Just a tad warm on the finish, but with plenty of supporting fruit.
From the winery: "The grapes were hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed. After overnight settling, the juice was racked to barrels for 100% native yeast barrel fermentation followed by malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was aged in 90% new French oak barrels for eleven months on the lees and stirred weekly. It was not fined or sterile filtered."