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Date Printed: 4/18/2014
Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2008
Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 107778)
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $74.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes were hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed. After overnight settling, the juice was racked to barrels for 100% native wild yeast barrel fermentation followed by malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was aged in 80% new French oak barrels for eleven months on the lees, which were stirred weekly. It was not fined or sterile filtered.

The 2008 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is pale yellow-green in color. It has a profuse nose of honeysuckle, vanilla, orange zest and lemon curd. The creamy mouthfeel is balanced with crisp minerality and firm acidity. The finish never ends.

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About Pahlmeyer:

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.