2003 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2003 Chardonnay Napa reveals a Corton-Charlemagne-like earthiness and minerality, perhaps less fat and flesh than the Sonoma Coast bottling, but a full-bodied, rich personality. Aromas and flavors of pineapples, citrus oil, hazelnuts, and crushed rock/mineral-like characteristics are found in this long, defined Chardonnay. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Hazy, unfiltered appearance. Bright, aromatic nose offers candied citrus peel and baking spices. Gives a sweeter and even lusher impression than the Sonoma Coast bottling, with very ripe flavors of peach and apricot. Very generous chardonnay with a firm edge of acidity. Shows a narrower range of flavors than the Sonoma Coast release but the flavors are deeper. Finishes quite long, with a flavor of apricot nectar. Turned thicker and drier as it opened in the glass.
This elegantly styled wine shows layers of complexity, built around ripe apple, lemon-lime and a hint of custard, with a pretty touch of vanilla-scented oak. Ends on a refreshing note.