2013 Pahlmeyer, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Press and Tasting Notes

The focused Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay reveals just ripe pineapple, lychee and bright lemony acidity with beautiful floral and mineral notes of honeysuckle, gardenia and wet stone. The softly lilting finish carries on and on. Fresh, intense and vibrant, displaying a tight mix of full-bodied, citrus-laced green apple and pear flavors, with ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured February 15, 2011

THE REVIEW

On Valentine's Day my girlfriend and I went to our favorite bistro just outside the city.
    Amidst the tiny dining room lit only by dim candle light, we sat in our favorite seat, right next to a wood-burning fireplace. For her, a starter of rabbit ragu in a light cream sauce atop butternut squash ravioli. For me, wild mushroom tortelloni in a cream and porcini mushroom reduction. For us both, the 95 point 2008 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay - it was phenomenal!
    The creaminess of the dishes and richness of the wine were all kept in balance with the cleansing acidity that followed every sip. Food and wine really do taste better when paired well together.
    Situated just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, this gorgeous winter white is from Pahlmeyer's Sonoma Wayfarer Farm. Tucked between two ridge lines in an idyllic setting for Burgundy varietals, the 2008 Chardonnay is planted just above the fog line, a space where the vines benefit from intense solar radiance and cool coastal air.
    Robert Parker writes, "The 2008 Chardonnay...is another superb effort from a winery that has a Midas touch with Chardonnay." For us on Valentine's day, the intense aromas of hazelnut, brioche and white peaches, coupled with crisp, refreshing hints of acidity and earth were the icing on the cake of a great night out. This is a wine we know you too will fall in love with now and enjoy over the next 5 years. Enjoy!Read More »

Varietal

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine grape grown throughout the world.  The most prized Chardonnay growing regions are Burgundy, Champagne and California.  The Chardonnays of Burgundy tend to produce dry, elegant w ... Read More »

Region

California

The largest domestic wine growing region in the United States is by far California.  California wines took international recognition in the 1976 competition known as "The Judgement Of Paris."  In this famous blind tasting, California wines were pu ... Read More »

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