2004 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1022539 93 points Wine Spectator

 Deliciously rich and creamy, offering tiers of fig, pear, hazelnut and a hint of marshmallow that spread out on the palate, revealing extra dimensions of depth and flavor nuances.  (7/2006)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two stars* Proactive winemaking combines with very deep fruit in this full and powerful Chardonnay, and, as ripe and wonderfully rich as it may be, its themes of concentrated apples, sweet toast and lees come without the complications of unmanageable heat or the heaviness that such ripeness often entails. Nor does it taste of over-ripeness in any way, and its highly commendable virtues of extract, richness and real fruity strength earn it a place in the upper echelons of tasty Chardonnay.  (10/2006)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Chardonnay Napa Valley comes from four separate vineyards, but again from primarily old Wente clone (which gets my nod as the best Chardonnay clone in California, especially when it’s low-yielding). The Napa Valley reveals a more golden color than the Sonoma Coast as well as a more evolved nose of lemon oil, tropical fruit, tangerines, and pineapple. The wine is riper, richer, but less complex and delineated compared to the Sonoma Coast. It should be drunk over the next 2-3 years.  (12/2005)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow-gold color. Slightly reduced nose opens to show tropical fruits, butterscotch, honey, smoke and clove. Lush and sweet on the palate, with an edge of acidity framing the exotic pineapple finish. Finishes with a hint of alcoholic warmth.  (6/2006)

K&L Notes

"A roasted pineapple and toasted coconut piña colada is how this wine starts. The complexity of the wine is highlighted by the tart lemon syrup that combines with notes of Italian parsley. The finish piques one’s interest with it’s bright, and airy blend of botanicals, notably cardamom." – Erin Green, Winemaker (November 2011) "In the glass, the wine is a slightly hazy, golden color; a hint to its complex nature. The aromas are bright with citrus and tropical tones that broaden to include subtle mineral components. The first sip envelops the front of the palate with bright citrus flavors that expand through the mid palate to include ripe mango, pineapple, nutmeg, spice and creamy oak. While seemingly light, there is a depth to this wine that is seductive. Balanced acidity frames the flavors as they travel on the palate, providing a smooth finish that lingers well after you have taken your last swallow." – Erin Green, Winemaker (May 2006)

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- 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, Mâcon, 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.

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.


- 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