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2008 Pahlmeyer Winery Merlot Napa Valley
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About Pahlmeyer Winery

In 1981, after years of research, lab work and avoiding the border authorities, Jason Pahlmeyer planted his smuggled Bordeaux clones in Napa Valley. In 1986 he released the first Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red to critical acclaim, and he’s been on the way up ever since...

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2008 Pahlmeyer Winery Merlot Napa Valley

Producer: Pahlmeyer Winery
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Merlot
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011

(includes 9% cabernet sauvignon):  Good deep red-ruby.  Blackberry and licorice aromas perked up by violet and spices.  Juicy and moderately deep, with dark fruit flavors complicated by tobacco and cedar.  Not a fat style for this bottling but boasts a solid acid/tannin spine and very good balance--not to mention fruit intensity.  Today this makes the young 2009 merlot seem a bit dry

91 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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