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Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot 2013

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Black amethyst in color, this wine opens with sultry aromas of boysenberry, violet and vanilla. Velvety and plush upon entry with intense flavors of black cherry and dark chocolate, it is lifted with fresh acidity and savory notes of grilled rosemary into an everlasting finish. Extraordinary in its depth, complexity and concentration, this wine requires time, patience and decanting. Best after 2019, it will reveal increasing opulence well beyond fifteen years of cellaring.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Pahlmeyer
Alcohol/vol 15.2%
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Wine EnthusiastThe wine launched cinematically by Robert Redford in "Indecent Proposal," this delivers a succulently memorable and seductive mix of crisp cassis and meaty rare beef, a sanguine underpinning that gives it intrigue. Full bodied and ripely crafted, it is completely satisfying in its classical components of sage and cedar, with a lingering lust of chocolate-covered cherry.

Virginie Boone, March 1, 2017
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VinousThe 2013 Merlot is dark, powerful and also quite tannic, all signatures of the vintage. Black cherry, mocha, graphite, plum, smoke, licorice and menthol are bold and intense in the glass, but the 2013 is only showing a hint of its potential. Far from an easygoing Merlot, Pahlmeyer's 2013 is going to need time to be fully expressive. This is a rare vintage that is 100% Merlot. Most of the fruit in the 2013 is estate grown, with a dollop of grapes (15%) from Rancho Chimiles in Coombsville.

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Wine SpectatorPlump and silky, with a luxurious texture and a lingering finish framed by rich flavors of black cherry, mocha, dusty herb and spicy oak. Tannins ease in on the finish. Drink now through 2024. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 2,844 cases made.

Tim Fish, 2016