Red

1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot

Merlot

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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CT92.3 64 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 60

  • grafted wrote:

    October 29, 2016 - dupe

  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    September 10, 2016 - Q3 Tasting - Aged Cali (The Apt): Wine #4: Truly one of the big surprises for me of the tasting and one of my favorites. This had a bit more age which came through and made the wine seem more mature (esp on the heels of the Montelena). Great fruit and a nice balance. Maybe a hint of alcohol, but suspect if had had the opportnuity of a decant that would have blown off quickly. (11 pennies)

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  • Nyccablover Likes this wine:

    September 10, 2016 - Q3 Tasting - Aged California Wines - Pre 2006 (New York, NY): #4 of 20 wines tasted double blind. Color is reddish-brown. Barnyard aromas on the nose. On the palate red fruits but not primary, lots of tertiary flavors of earth and leather. Very round, velvety mouthfeel. Super long finish. My guess is this was merlot from 90-95. This is one of the wines we brought to the tasting and I am a big fan although I did not know where it was in the line-up. This was my second favorite overall. For the group it was 3rd place with 11 pennies.

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  • Nyccablover wrote:

    August 19, 2016 - Decanted for sediment and then poured. Beautiful aromatic nose of plum and raspberry with earthiness. Dark dense color in the glass. Velvety smooth and mouth coating - no hard edges, very well integrated. Lingering finish. Would have benefited from a bit more time in the decanter as the second glass was more expressive both aromatically and on the palate. Just a lovely wine.

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  • tewwet Likes this wine: (97 points)

    June 4, 2016 - More Bordeaux than most left banks made now. I would bet this would win a 'best of pauillac 1996' if entered. Really classic cedar box and lead pencil notes leaping from the glass with fruit in balance that supports, not overwhelms, the finish and nose. Spectacular.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Pahlmeyer
  • Varietal Merlot
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 4 (0%)
  • In Cellars 497 (52%)
  • Consumed 449 (47%)

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