Very pure, precisely defined cherryish fruit sits juts beneath an enormous complement of vanillin oak and sweet, root-beer-like spice in the nose, and the tandem of cherries and creamy oak is at the heart of this extravagant wine's highly concentrated and enveloping flavors. There is no missing the Pahlmeyer stamp of extract and richness with this one, but, in this outing, the wine is remarkably well-balanced, and its deep and persistent flavors are in no way diminished or otherwise limited by the pushy heat peeking through its lingering finish.
The 2003 Merlot is one of the top three or four Merlots in California. A huge nose of melted chocolate, roasted coffee, black cherry, and charcoal jumps from the glass of this full-bodied, opulent, sexy Merlot. It is a delicious, savory, heady wine … (RP)
Bright ruby-red. Black cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate and menthol on the aromatic nose. Softer and lusher in style than the comparatively dense and more primary 2004, with flavors of dark raspberry, licorice and dark chocolate. Nicely supple Merlot, with harmonious acidity and slightly elevated tannins. (ST)
Appealing for its broad display of fruitiness, with cherry cola, cherry candy and black cherry fruit that's well-centered, turning supple at midpalate yet firming up on the finish. (JL)
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