1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot - 97 pts - 750ml

1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot - 97 pts - 750ml

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1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot - 97 pts!
Highest Rated Cali Merlot Ever! I do not believe it is an exaggeration to say that Pahlmeyer's Merlot is now the finest being produced in California. One might quibble over other styles of Merlot but no producer achieves more complexity flavor and thrills per sip than Pahlmeyer. The 1996 Merlot which is produced from a multitude of sources including the Napanook York Creek and Moon Mountain Vineyards is aged in new Taransaud Bordeaux barrels. This dense purple-colored wine displays a flamboyant nose of smoke black fruits roasted meats and toasty oak. Spectacularly concentrated with an unctuous texture low acidity and fabulous fruit and ripeness this is an exquisite Merlot that should be even more outrageously ostentatious than the profound 1995. This wine will drink well when released and last for 15-20 years. If great wine satisfies both the palate and the intellect the Pahlmeyer offerings reviewed in this segment are prodigious. Despite the forward drinkability of these reds all of them will last for 20-25 years. These are mind-boggling efforts. This is another winery where getting on the mailing list is essential to securing a few bottles of these liquid gems. With each new vintage I am blown away by Pahlmeyer's wines. Lest anyone forget the genius of consulting winemaker Helen Turley is behind these wines. I kept retasting them thinking I was being too generous but they justly deserve their lofty numerical ratings. They are as exciting as anything a wine lover could taste. RP

Product Details

Varietal Merlot
Vintage 1996
Rating 97 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Pahlmeyer
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 97 RP - 1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot - 97 pts! Highest Rated Cali Merlot Ever! I do not believe it is an exaggeration to say that Pahlmeyer's Merlot is now the finest being produced in California. One might quibble over other styles of Merlot but no producer achieves more complexity flavor and thrills per sip than Pahlmeyer. The 1996 Merlot which is produced from a multitude of sources including the Napanook York Creek and Moon Mountain Vineyards is aged in new Taransaud Bordeaux barrels. This dense purple-colored wine displays a flamboyant nose of smoke black fruits roasted meats and toasty oak. Spectacularly concentrated with an unctuous texture low acidity and fabulous fruit and ripeness this is an exquisite Merlot that should be even more outrageously ostentatious than the profound 1995. This wine will drink well when released and last for 15-20 years. If great wine satisfies both the palate and the intellect the Pahlmeyer offerings reviewed in this segment are prodigious. Despite the forward drinkability of these reds all of them will last for 20-25 years. These are mind-boggling efforts. This is another winery where getting on the mailing list is essential to securing a few bottles of these liquid gems. With each new vintage I am blown away by Pahlmeyer's wines. Lest anyone forget the genius of consulting winemaker Helen Turley is behind these wines. I kept retasting them thinking I was being too generous but they justly deserve their lofty numerical ratings. They are as exciting as anything a wine lover could taste. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Merlot
Vintage 1996
Rating 97 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Pahlmeyer
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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