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2011 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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2011 Pahlmeyer Winery Merlot Napa Valley

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

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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2014

(15.2% alcohol; includes 13% cabernet franc and 2% malbec; aged in 80% new oak):  Distinctly medicinal aromas of redcurrant and herbs, plus a whiff of chocolate.  Sweet and pliant but a bit flat, showing modest inner-mouth depth and nuance.  Tannins are supple but the finish betrays a green character.  From a tiny crop held down by a hailstorm during the June 3/4 rainy period.  This wine was vinified by Erin Green and finished by Kale Anderson, who took over as winemaker for Jayson Pahlmeyer's Napa Valley operations in July of 2012.

92-94 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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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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