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2012 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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2012 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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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014

(14.9% alcohol; 90% new oak):  Full, bright, green-tinged gold.  Sexy lime leaf, tropical fruits and leesy hazelnut on the nose.  Rich and energetic, with pineapple and citrus zest flavors complicated by sweet oak and underlying minerality.  In a distinctly Burgundian style, finishing with very good lift and verve.  This is consulting winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave's first vintage here and she is in the process of reducing the use of new oak and lees stirring.

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Chardonnay

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