2004 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay
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.
*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.
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.
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.
"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)