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)
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)
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.
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)
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