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Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013

Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013


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This Chardonnay is brilliant light yellow in color with a wispy veil indicating its unfiltered character. On the nose, vanilla, orange blossom and sweet spices fill the glass, rimmed with notes of lightly toasted almond. The entry is a vibrant attack of honeysuckle, lemon pie and citrus candy, with an expressive structure persistent in the mid-palate. The robust richness is in balance with great acidity, showcased by a seductive creamy texture and fresh citrus notes.
Category White Wine
Region California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Brand Pahlmeyer
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • v93

VinousPahlmeyer's 2013 Chardonnay is gorgeous and also a fascinating contrast to Chardonnay from the family's Wayfarer property on the Sonoma Coast. Here, though, it is the Russian River that speaks with notable eloquence. Orange blossom, butter, new French oak, apricot pit, mint and spice notes abound. The 2013 is quite extroverted in style, but less overt than in years past. The new Francois Freres barrels are evident but also very nicely integrated. The 2013 is the first vintage made exclusively from Ritchie Vineyard fruit, whereas in the past, grapes from Wayfarer were part of the blend.

Antonio Galloni
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorAn expansive style, with lively acidity. Plump, ripe and buttery, this coats the palate with a rich array of fig, melon and tropical tangerine flavors, adding a floral, jasmine scent, enlivened by a nervy edge of acidity. Drink now.

James Laube, July 31, 2015