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Pahlmeyer 2021 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Pahlmeyer 2021 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

98
James Suckling

Iconic Pahlmeyer Chard is extremely Limited!!

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  • 98 Points!
  • Former Top 10
  • "Beautifully balanced with lively fresh acidity"
  • Extremely Limited

About Pahlmeyer 2021 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Pahlmeyer's Napa Valley Chardonnay is an iconic wine. It was a Wine Spectator Top 10 wine of the year in 2016. For this 2021 grapes were sourced from the Pahlmeyer Estate, Hyde Vineyard, Hudson Vineyard and the Antica vineyard. After rigorous inspection, the finest lots were pressed then racked into 100% new French oak barrels for fermentation on native yeast. Stirring the lees over the next six months only as needed to stimulate the process. After malolactic fermentation completed, the wine continued to age on lees for a total of 16 months aging. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration.


The winemaker Katie Vogt describes this Chardonnay as "a thrilling, age-worthy wine, ultra-rich and concentrated yet beautifully balanced with lively fresh acidity. Intense aromas of ripe gooseberry, lemongrass, and sweet clover bound from the glass with
lingering notes of orange blossom honey. The wine has a brilliant juxtaposition of opulence and bright acidity on the palate, with pure, focused fruit at its core. A surge of tarte citron and toasted almond rides an edge of lifting acidity as polished oak tannins frame the fruit beautifully and seamlessly, captivating notes of salted caramel and baked spiced pear echoing on the finish."


James Suckling scored this wine 98 points saying aromas of "Sliced cooked apples with biscuit and pie crust undertones, as well as hints of spices with some salted caramel. Hints of apricot. Full-bodied with a firmness and depth. Creamy-textured phenolics and great length. One of the best I have tasted. It is rich and flavorful, yet it shows great depth and length. Drinkable, but better in two or three years."

Wine Details

  • Alcohol % 12.0%
  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type White
  • Country United States
  • Region California
  • Appellation Napa

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Previous Vintage Rating

97
2012 Wine Advocate
95
2015 Wine Advocate
97+
2016 Wine Advocate
98
2017 Jeb Dunnuck
94
2017 Wine Advocate

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