Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

$85.00
Item No. 128395
  • white wine
  • RP95
  • WS91
  • ST90
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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Aromas of ripe peach and summer flowers, layered with wisps of creamy lemon oil, leap out of the glass. The wine's smooth, rich viscosity and superfine minerality carry sophisticated notes of white nectarine, pear and honeysuckle across the palette. The lingering finish reveals flavors end with a light caramel, hazelnut and hints of Key lime zest.

Critical Acclaim

"Pahlmeyer’s spectacular 2012 Chardonnay offers abundant aromas of hazelnuts, buttered citrus, tropical fruits and honeysuckle intermixed with a touch of tangerine oil. It cuts a full-bodied swath across the palate, and possesses good acidity, exuberant fruit and an undeniably sexy style. "
95 Points

"Rich and flavorful, with bold tiers of fig, apricot and honeydew melon notes, expanding and gaining depth on the finish, where this turns elegant and graceful."
91 Points

"Slightly hazy medium yellow (all these wines are bottled without fining or filtration). Exotic, leesy aromas of lemon curd, pineapple, butter, tropical fruits and licorice. Youthfully aggressive on the palate, with a pineapple flavor framed by brisk acidity and complicated by flowers and salty minerality. Finishes with notes of peach nectar and toasted graham cracker. I find this a bit youthfully disjointed today. New winemaker Josh Widaman began working here in 2008 and will vinify for the first time in 2012.
Rating: 90(+?)"
90 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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