A lesson in one’s wine evolution. Pahlmeyer was one of the first mailing lists I joined . This was the first case purchase of my life. Told to wait 2-3 years before drinking, I did exactly
that￼. I opened a few bottles over the years and really disliked it. Probably around 2005 a friend asked if I had some wine to donate to charity￼. Of course I said here is 5 bottles of Pahlmeyer merlot.
That left 3 bottles that I stashed in storage . Fast forward to 2010 and I opened a bottle for a friend who owned a wine store . The two of us looked at each other like deer in the headlights, we were dumbfounded by how good this was. I drank my remaining bottles and have not had this wine since 2016. Thanks to a generous friend who recently said go to the cellar and you pick out wine for dinner￼. For my palate along with ‘91 Dominus, ‘91 Seavey ‘91 Togni and ‘95 Insignia the best California wines from the ‘90’s. By the way the lack of tasting experience also had me pooh poo ‘91 Dominus.
On the nose a little bit of funk that quickly blew off. Red fruit and plums on the nose give way to a palate of complex and long lasting fruit surrounded by earth and tannins. The wine’s structure leads me to believe that well stored bottles can bring pleasure over the years to come. I would love to taste this out of magnum.￼ — 12 days ago
Second time tasting this wine...it is wonderful — 2 months ago
This was a noble wine: 9 years out, everything came together. The forest in the nose, the fruit and acidity and refreshing mouthfeel, and the cedar on the finish. — 5 months ago
Pear notes with slight peach and some cashews but notes. Very good chard — 5 days ago
Soft but with some acidity. Resembles a great White Bordeaux — 2 months ago
Congrats to my dad for putting in his last month of work! Excellent wine to celebrate!!!
Dark bluish purple. Rich and dark nose with black fruits, baking spices, blueberries and a bit of graphite. Full bodied and heavy tannins (7.5/10). Dark fruits on the palate with spices, tobacco and a bit of graphite. Long finish. Drink till 2040. — 22 days ago
95% Chenin 5% Viognier. Smooth, soft, round. Melon rind. Reminiscent of Junmai Saké. Dwyane Wade’s winery. Jason Pahlmeyer winemaker. For pork loin w/ chutney. — 24 days ago