Pahlmeyer Merlot 2016

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Pahlmeyer Merlot 2016

The 2016 Pahlmeyer Merlot opens with complex aromas of blueberry and boysenberry lifted with fresh hints of
cardamom, anise and Herbs de Provence. The deep fruit flavors carry over the palate, with subtle notes of forest floor,
crushed tomatoes, and oregano. Soft, supple, elegant tannins provide the kind of structure that will help this wine
age beautifully.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2019

This super-concentrated Merlot is brimming with blueberry, bilberry and bitter-chocolate aromas. Plush tannins provide a deep and firm foundation for the rich body. Impressive now, but with the structure for long aging. Drink or hold.

Pahlmeyer Merlot 2016

The 2016 budbreak was right on time, after several years of early onset; bloom occurred mid-May to early June.
Summer brought consistent, moderate weather for optimal development of flavors across all varieties. Our precision
timing in the vineyard became crucial during harvest, when we experienced a heat spike in mid-September. We took
extra care in hand-sorting the fruit and used 100% free-run juice, resulting in wines of intensity and complexity—another
standout vintage.
WINEMAKING NOTES
Grape clusters were gravity-fed onto a vibrating table where two screens sifted out materials other than grapes, and we
removed by hand any fruit that did not pass visual inspection. After gentle destemming, individual berries were
hand-sorted again to ensure that only the best grapes were delivered to the fermenters. The fruit underwent five days of
cold maceration and two to six weeks of primary fermentation before gentle basket press. We aged the wine in 85% new
French oak barrels for 20 months.
TASTING NOTES
The 2016 Pahlmeyer Merlot opens with complex aromas of blueberry and boysenberry lifted with fresh hints of
cardamom, anise and Herbs de Provence. The deep fruit flavors carry over the palate, with subtle notes of forest floor,
crushed tomatoes, and oregano. Soft, supple, elegant tannins provide the kind of structure that will help this wine
age beautifully.
REVIEWS
“Mostly estate fruit, the 2016 Merlot spent 22 months in primarily new French oak. Black cherries, smoked earth,
graphite, dark chocolate, and licorice notes all emerge from this rich, full-bodied, concentrated Merlot that has
subtle background oak but displays a supple, seamless balance style that’s a joy to drink.” 94 points, Jeb Dunnuck,
JebDunnuck.com, January 2019

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