2010 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Napa
Chardonnay - 750ML

  • CG 94
  • WA 93
  • WS 92

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$55.94

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Reg: $69.94

$55.94

This product is
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CG 94
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, April 2012
Wonderfully deep and amazingly well-concentrated Chardonnay aromas of ripe apples tart pears sweet citrus rich and lush oak and just about everything else that can fit comfortably into the variety's best aromas burst from... Wonderfully deep and amazingly well-concentrated Chardonnay aromas of ripe apples tart pears sweet citrus rich and lush oak and just about everything else that can fit comfortably into the variety's best aromas burst from the glass here in an unrestrained and incredibly involving rush. Yet despite the obvious fullness richness and range the wine is quite well-balanced at every stop. Admittedly some will find this wine too big too stuffed for their preferences but for those of us who look for wines of this type to accompany our richest white wine dishes the search has no need to go any further.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2011
The 2010 Chardonnay is a gorgeous wine laced with expressive varietal fruit smoke butter minerals and French oak. This is a fairly restrained style yet all of the elements are in perfect balance. A long subtle finish... The 2010 Chardonnay is a gorgeous wine laced with expressive varietal fruit smoke butter minerals and French oak. This is a fairly restrained style yet all of the elements are in perfect balance. A long subtle finish rounds things out very nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.-Antonio Galloni
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 2012
Serves up a complex mix of creamy fig honeysuckle anise baked apple and spice flavors all while maintaining a tight upright posture and ending with a long persistent finish. Drink now through 2020. -JL
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2010

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.