1999 Pahlmeyer Merlot
Merlot - 1.5L

  • WS 94
  • IWC 93
  • WA 92

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WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2002
A mouthful of wine that packs in lots of rich deep plush and concentrated flavors with tiers of currant blackberry raspberry and wild berry fruit. Well-integrated tannins smooth out the finish. Drink now through 2010... A mouthful of wine that packs in lots of rich deep plush and concentrated flavors with tiers of currant blackberry raspberry and wild berry fruit. Well-integrated tannins smooth out the finish. Drink now through 2010. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 1475 cases made. (JL)
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2002
Good full medium ruby. Superripe aromas of black fruits maple syrup mocha and graphite; at once roasted and vibrant. Supersweet in the mouth with sappy black fruit and mineral flavors over a firm backbone. Shapelier and a... Good full medium ruby. Superripe aromas of black fruits maple syrup mocha and graphite; at once roasted and vibrant. Supersweet in the mouth with sappy black fruit and mineral flavors over a firm backbone. Shapelier and a bit less roasted than the 2000 with firm supporting backbone. This is very impressively concentrated California merlot; the fruit spreads out and builds on the very long firmly tannic back end. I underrated this wine from barrel a year ago.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2000
The 1999 Merlot (100% Merlot 1650 cases) is rich and ripe but it is doubtful that it will achieve mind-boggling proportions. The dense ruby/purple-colored 1999 offers smoky licorice cherry and chocolatey aromas medium to... The 1999 Merlot (100% Merlot 1650 cases) is rich and ripe but it is doubtful that it will achieve mind-boggling proportions. The dense ruby/purple-colored 1999 offers smoky licorice cherry and chocolatey aromas medium to full body good acidity and a thick full-bodied finish. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2012.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1999

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Pahlmeyer Merlot comes both from their estate vineyard and the Stagecoach Vineyard. It includes about 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot. The grapes are sorted by vibrating table and by hand before destemming, and then hand-sorted again afterward.

Cold maceration lasts five days. Fermentation takes place in wood with 15% going into 500 liter puncheons and the rest in new French oak barrels (Seguin Moreau and Taransaud). After gente pressing in a stainless-steel basket press, the wine is returned to barrel for 20 aging months before bottling.

Winery

Pahlmeyer

Pahlmeyer was born out Jayson Pahlmeyer’s audacious dream of creating a “California Mouton”. A successful trial attorney, he had an insatiable thirst for adventure and a hypnotic captivation with wine. Following his dream, Jayson partnered with John Caldwell, owner of a 55-acre site in south-east Napa Valley. Together, they began planting the finest French clones of red Bordeaux varieties.

After months of sleuthing in elite French vineyards, and years of seeking assistance from viticultural professors at the University of Bordeaux who analyzed the soil samples, exposure, rainfall and temperature data, Jayson and his partner were able to acquire Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec vines with the greatest intensity, depth of flavor and character and proceeded to smuggle their “suitcase clones” to the U.S. through Canada.

Planted in 1981, the French cuttings slowly adjusted. In 1986, with the help of Randy Dunn, one of California’s foremost winemakers, the Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red was made and launched Pahlmeyer’s astonishing track record of critical acclaim.

In 1989, Jayson invited rising star winemaker Bob Levy to produce the first vintages of Pahlmeyer Chardonnay and the 1991 Chardonnay sold out immediately.

In 1993, Helen Turley took the winemaking reins and further improved the quality and consistency of Pahlmeyer wines. She was instrumental in finding Waters Ranch – Pahlmeyer’s high-elevation Napa Valley estate vineyard planted to red Bordeaux varieties and Chardonnay - and Wayfarer, the winery’s isolated estate vineyard in the newly established Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. Waters Ranch and Wayfarer estate vineyards were planted by viticulture legend David Abreu in 1998 and 2002, respectively.

Jayson’s daughter Cleo joined the team in 2008, infusing the winery with new energy and bringing renewed vibrancy to the Pahlmeyer legacy. Vintage after vintage, Pahlmeyer continues to live up to Jayson’s audacious dream – producing phenomenal wines of power and finesse.

The current winemaker is Bibiana Gonzalez Rave. She received her oenology degree from the University of Bordeaux and has worked at estates in Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley, Santa Barbara County, Sonoma Valley and other locations in addition to Napa Valley. She was named Winemaker of the Year for 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle.