2010 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1092176 94 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Wonderfully deep and amazingly well-concentrated Chardonnay aromas of ripe apples, tart pears, sweet citrus, rich and lush oak and just about everything else that can fit comfortably into the variety's best aromas burst from the glass here in an unrestrained and incredibly involving rush. Yet, despite the obvious fullness, richness and range, the wine is quite well-balanced at every stop. Admittedly, some will find this wine too big, too stuffed for their preferences, but for those of us who look for wines of this type to accompany our richest white wine dishes, the search has no need to go any further.  (4/ 2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chardonnay is a gorgeous wine laced with expressive varietal fruit, smoke, butter, minerals and French oak. This is a fairly restrained style, yet all of the elements are in perfect balance. A long, subtle finish rounds things out very nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.  (12/ 2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Serves up a complex mix of creamy fig, honeysuckle, anise, baked apple and spice flavors, all while maintaining a tight, upright posture and ending with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2020.  (6/ 2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Slightly hazy medium yellow (all these wines are bottled without fining or filtration). Exotic, leesy aromas of lemon curd, pineapple, butter, tropical fruits and licorice. Youthfully aggressive on the palate, with a pineapple flavor framed by brisk acidity and complicated by flowers and salty minerality. Finishes with notes of peach nectar and toasted graham cracker.  (5/ 2012)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mācon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.9