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1997 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #991182 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The finest proprietary red produced by Pahlmeyer to date is their 1997 (a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Petit-Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec). Production is 3,300 cases, and the wine tips the scales at 14.7% alcohol. A super-rich, blockbuster effort, it exhibits an opaque purple color in addition to a fabulous bouquet of black fruits, espresso, cocoa, mocha, and flowers. A prodigious red, with low acidity, spectacular concentration, and fabulous purity as well as overall symmetry, it can be drunk now, but promises to last for 20-25 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2000)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Ultraripe and rich, with jammy wild berry, black cherry, currant and spicy nuances that are deep and concentrated, finishing with a long, detailed aftertaste. Wonderful sense of harmony and finesse. (JL) Inner quote mark (10/2000)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Very saturated black ruby to the rim. Dark aromas of cassis, black raspberry, licorice, maple syrup, shoe polish and flowers. Superripe and compellingly layered and deep; as thick and sweet as the Merlot but more tactile, with a stronger impression of acidity and structure and superb flavor definition. Thoroughly ripe, noble tannins reach the entire palate. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2000)


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