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2011 Pahlmeyer Winery Chardonnay 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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2011 Pahlmeyer Winery Chardonnay Napa Valley

Producer: Pahlmeyer Winery
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013

(the Atlas Peak vines were hit hard by hail during set, leading to a tiny crop in 2011, according to winemaker Kale Anderson):  Bright yellow-green.  Subdued but slightly exotic aromas of mirabelle, pineapple and vanilla.  Ripe, supple and tropical in character; in a creamier, oakier style than the Sonoma Coast bottling but with nicely integrated acidity.  Finishes with a lightly phenolic quality and some spicy, resiny oak.  Winemaker Anderson expects to decrease the percentage of new oak used for Pahlmeyer's chardonnay and he may also block a percentage of the malolactic fermentation in the future.  (I should note that I also retasted the 2010 chardonnays with Anderson and was taken with the Napa Valley bottling, which combined tangy stone fruits with pineapple and saline elements and had harmonized rather dramatically since I reported on it a year ago.  Although nutty and broad, it's also quite chewy and fresh.  On this occasion I rated it 92 points.)

90 Points | Wine Spectator
94 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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Chardonnay

The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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