Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2002

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 125963
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
  • CG96
  • ST92
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

Sweet brioche and coconut husk aromatics create mouth watering visions in your mind. The acidity of the mid-palate helps to balance the unctuous stone fruit juice flavors. Slowly dissipating on the palate, lemon zest oil becomes a hint of honeydew, before one is left with the essence of wet stone.

Critical Acclaim

"We recall past Pahlmeyer Chardonnays as some of the richest around, and there is no disappointment in this latest bottling from Napa. Broad and buttery and brimming with very rich oak, it is stunningly deep in optimally ripened fruit, and its beautiful mix of apples and cream goes on and on at the finish. It is as impeccably structured as it is impressively concentrated, and it stands as an eye-opening reminder that real richness and balance need not be mutually exclusive. Very special now, it will gain in complexity with a bit of cellaring."
96 Points

"Explosive aromas of pear, clove, honey, caramel and minerals. Fat, sweet and deep; thicker and a bit more complex than the Sonoma Coast offering, with intriguing notes of fresh herbs and minerals. Nicely integrated acids give shape to this very dense, layered chardonnay. Finishes with notes of caramel and spicy oak. These chardonnays were fermented in mostly new Francois Freres barrels, then aged in all new oak."
92 Points

Learn About Pahlmeyer Map ItMap It

Jayson Pahlmeyer has been producing highly sought-after wines since 1986. It began with Jayson's dream to make world-class Bordeaux-style wine from Napa Valley. Pahlmeyer's estate vineyard - Waters Rance - is situated at 2100 feet in the Atlas Peak appellation of Napa Valley. It is the key source for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Chardonnay. Jayson's passion eventually led him to the Sonoma Coast, where less than seven miles and two ridges from the Pacific Ocean, he planted Wayfarer Farm, their key source for Pinot Noir.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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