2013 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay


2013 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay

$82.50 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

In his first career, Jayson Pahlmeyer was a successful trial lawyer but he was lured into winemaking because of its “hypnotic captivation” for the grape.  He was especially focused on French clones and planted cuttings in 1981.  He had early success and in 1993, he hired legendary Helen Turley as winemaker.

Pahlmeyer is truly one of the noble brands of Napa Valley, confirmed by decades of consistent scores like these:

The Wine Advocate Review (94 pts.):  “Displays beautiful honeysuckle, lemon oil, and hints of nectarine and poached pear, and has a Burgundian, Bâtard-Montrachet-like texture and richness. The wine is sensationally rich and once again a great success from this winery, which has had such an incredible track record for world-class Chardonnays. This should drink well for another 5-7 years, as their record for aging is brilliant.”

Wine Spectator Review (92 pts.):  “Tempting scents of ripe, rich honey, honeydew, fig and baked apple are appetizing. A slight pithy citrus edge to the texture lets the flavors glide through. Drink now through 2019.”  –James Laube

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Opens with aromas of bright citrus zest, fleshy crane melon and notes of graham cracker. The unctuous mouth feel leads with an elegant restraint and swath of slate that crescendo with flavors of fresh cider apples, juicy lychee and warming cardamom. The intense and silky finish lingers with spicy, earthy notes of white lily and lightly toasted almond.”

Blend:  100% chardonnay

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