Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2005

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 100806
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
  • boutique wine
  • RP94
  • ST92
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Winemaker's Notes

The 2005 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, sourced almost completely from the Ritchie Vineyard (99% Ritchie, 1% Wayfarer Farm), located outside of the town of Forestville, is another stunning example of how good wines from the Sonoma Coast appellation can become. This wine offers complex, mouth filling flavors of citrus, tropical fruit, leesy minerality and spice. The creamy oak and bright acidity balance these rich flavors perfectly.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2005 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast (1,100 cases) exhibits wonderful tropical fruit notes interwoven with pineapple, buttered citrus, and leesy, brioche-like characteristics. This complex effort is capable of lasting for 7-8 years. Most of the fruit for this cuvee comes from an old Wente clone planted in the Ritchie Vineyard. 92-94 points "
94 Points

"Slightly hazy yellow-gold color. Enticing nose combines ripe pineapple, ripe citrus and spices. Dense and thick but minerally and fresh, with sweet tropical fruit, apricot and spice flavors enlivened by pineappley acidity. A big boy at 15.2% alcohol but with sound backbone."
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 Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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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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