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2013 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot SKU #1240701

Price: $99.99

RP 96 WE 94 VN 93
WS 92
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  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    It's a dense, seductive expression of Merlot, showing opulent notes of blackberry preserve, black currant, mocha, coffee and baking spices. Winemaker Kale Anderson (previously of Colgin Cellars, Terra Valentine Winery and Cliff Lede Vineyards) makes incredibly attractive and textured new-world Bordeaux blends as well as individual expressions of those varietals. Most domestic Merlots at this price point are built for your cellar and very closed down in their youth. Thankfully for us, this bottle is most certainly an exception. Pull the cork tonight or lay this bottle down for 5-8 years. Your choice.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    For as long as I’ve been in the wine biz Pahlmeyer has been one of the most reliable producers of high end Napa Valley wine. Their efforts, year in and year out, are rarely matched in terms of sheer deliciousness, elegance, poise and relative value whether it is their rich, oak laden Chards, the texturally impressive Merlots or the refined Proprietary Red Wine. The combination of the outrageous 2013 vintage and the long term dedication to quality from Pahlmeyer makes these wines some of the easiest choices on the market for their respective price points. We know not everyone can afford these wines on a regular basis but we also can’t recommend them highly enough for that special dinner/moment/gift that we all find ourselves needing from time to time. <br> The 2013 Merlot from Pahlmeyer is such a stunning wine that it may make you forget the last 10+ years of general anti-Merlot sentiment that one stupid line from an indie move created in the US. Velvety soft and full of fully formed aromas of café con leche, blueberry muffins, wet asphalt and torched sugar this is one impressive nose. Powerful yet accessible this Merlot is far from being a one trick pony and has all the complexity, if not more, than most of the Cabernet in this price point all in a more drinkable and pleasurable frame. Soft, pliable tannins and a wealth of purely fruited flavors like wild blackberry lead to darker and more bass toned flavors of cocoa powder and dark chocolate covered espresso beans. As this wraps up with plush oak tones and a lengthy finish that adds a touch of warm spice this is about as good as varietal Merlot can get and maybe the best Pahlmeyer Merlot I’ve tasted.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    Perfect California Merlot? Maybe so. The beautiful 2013 vintage and the peak of California Merlot producers come together in one stunning package. Wonderfully rich and intensity following all the way from the nose to the extra long finish are just a start of this beauty's appeal. Layers of deep black fruits, subtle coffee notes and fine tannins hold together just right and absorb all of the lovely oak. Quite complex and very well structured. The wine will surprise you when you see the ABV of slightly over 15%, the wine is so incredibly balanced you won't even notice. Spectacular!


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