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2009 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1114494 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Pahlmeyer is made up of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Deep garnet colored, the nose gives up provocative notes of candied violets, dark chocolate-covered cherries, licorice, dried lavender and dried Provence herbs over a core of warm cassis, prunes and blueberry compote plus a waft of cedar. Full-bodied, the big, rich, juicy palate has a well-played frame of fine-grained, plush tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and fruity. (LPB) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This cellar-worthy Bordeaux-like expression offers a mix of cedar-laced tobacco, dried berry, loamy earth and herbal notes. Young and tightly wound, this unfolds slowly and gracefully, and looks like an ideal choice to lay down. (JL) Inner quote mark (10/2012)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Although very much showing the winery's predictable predilection to ripeness, Pahlmeyer's newly released red blend is an immense, wonderfully well-filled wine that is as long on juicy fruit as it is ripe and rich in oak, and its themes of black cherries, root beer and sweet loamy soils seem to grow more intense as it crosses the palate. Some will find it too rich and outgoing, but this one is all Californian in style and shows why Napa Valley is so envied by many. Inner quote mark (12/2012)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Full ruby-red. Deep, slightly medicinal aromas of dark berries, kirsch, mocha, cocoa powder and licorice. Plush, suave and fine-grained, conveying lovely texture and sweetness to its flavors of black fruits, licorice, minerals, herbs and pepper framed by slightly edgy acidity and firm oak-driven tannins. Still a bit medicinal on the aftertaste but has the density for further positive evolution in bottle. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

K&L Notes

93 points, Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2009 Red Blend emerges from the glass with freshly cut flowers, mint, spices, minerals and pure, crystalline, dark red fruit. This is a gorgeous wine endowed with remarkable finesse. The style is weightless, elegant and totally refined. I especially like the way the wine fleshes out in the glass." (12/2011)

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