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2011 Pahlmeyer Winery Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
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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 Sonoma Coast

Producer: Pahlmeyer Winery
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma
Appellation: Sonoma Coast

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90(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

(14.9% alcohol; aged in 90% new oak):  Bright yellow-green color.  Sexy, leesy nose combines lime, brown butter, honeycomb, mocha and vanillin oak.  Supple and very ripe, offering a pliant, sweet middle but showing modest complexity today (the pH here is a very high 3.72). This began a bit warm but tightened up nicely in the glass, suggesting that it will gain with a couple years of bottle aging.  New director of winemaking Kale Anderson, who was previously at Cliff Lede, blended and bottled the 2011 Pahlmeyer wines but did not vinify them.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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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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