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2012 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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2012 Pahlmeyer Winery Merlot Napa Valley

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

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90-92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014

(15.2% alcohol; blended with 6% petit verdot and 2% cabernet sauvignon):  Good red-ruby.  Slightly jammy aromas of dark berries, chocolate and graphite.  Sweet, plush and broad, with mouthfilling flavors of dark cherry, cassis, cocoa powder and caramel.  Not especially brisk or sharply delineated but finishes with sufficient energy, ripe tannins and very good sweetness and length.  In the copious 2012 vintage, the merlot crop was close to five tons per acre on these densely planted vines (3 feet by 6), cropped to one cluster per shoot, according to winemaker Kale Anderson.

91-94 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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