2005 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot

SKU #1036610 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Merlot from their holdings on Atlas Peak has fresh brambleberry, mulberry and mocha-infused fruit, medium to full body, excellent acidity, and wonderful vibrancy and vigor. It is youthful at age 10. The alcohol level is listed at 15.2%, but again, it is completely hidden by the wine’s wealth of concentration. This wine can be drunk now, but promises to hold and even evolve for another 10-15 years. (RP)  (6/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good red-ruby. Dark fruit aromas complicated by violet, bitter chocolate and minerals; more complex than the young 2006. Tightly wound but already sexy, with fresh acidity and underlying minerality giving the dark fruit flavors excellent definition. This seems distinctly sweeter than the 2006 owing to its early harmoniousness, but is actually lower in pH and higher in acidity, according to Jayson Pahlmeyer. (ST)  (6/2008)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 This brash and highly ripened take on Merlot will never be accused of restraint, and, for some, its extravagant display of caramelly oak and very sweet fruit may be too much of a good thing. While we shamelessly confess to liking its unbridled richness, we do wish that it showed just a bit more control, but it will make a good partner to appropriately full-flavored stews and braised meats, and it will develop well for four of five years. It is just enough deeper than Pahlmeyer's "Jayson" to earn its higher rating. *Two Stars*  (3/2009)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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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.