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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2006
Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 100537)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $64.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Our grape bunches are hand-sorted, and once de-stemmed, the berries are sorted by hand on the way to the tank. This is followed by a four to five day cold soak, depending on flavor extraction. The fruit is then fermented with 100% native wild yeast in small open-top fermentors for two to three weeks. Towards the end of fermentation the fruit is gently pressed and moved to barrel. The wine finishes fermenting in barrel, which helps integrate the flavors from the oak. The wine continues to age in 70% new French oak for fifteen months. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The 2006 Pahlmeyer Pinot Noir has a deep dark garnet color. In the glass the aromas open immediately, revealing layers of rich dense fruit, earth and sweet spices. The palate also offers layers upon layers of concentrated small berries, black raspberry and cherries, balanced with nicely integrated oak. This full bodied wine finishes with finesse and long lingering flavors.

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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.