Pahlmeyer

Napa Valley Merlot

9.219 ratings
9.26 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.4

Monthly WTF group. Theme this month was merlot. All wines tasted blind.

Probably my WOTN. I guessed Napa merlot between 2012-2014. Really benefited from being decanted as it changed quite a bit. At first, it had some leather and herbal aromatics but after a while, it turned to more dark fruit and nutmeg. Very soft and round on the palate showing mocha and baked plums. Very enjoyable, but give it a decant if popping soon. Thanks
@Weston Eidson

Monthly WTF group. Theme this month was merlot. All wines tasted blind.

Probably my WOTN. I guessed Napa merlot between 2012-2014. Really benefited from being decanted as it changed quite a bit. At first, it had some leather and herbal aromatics but after a while, it turned to more dark fruit and nutmeg. Very soft and round on the palate showing mocha and baked plums. Very enjoyable, but give it a decant if popping soon. Thanks
@Weston Eidson

Feb 13th, 2019
Patrick Derdeyn

A real cab drinkers merlot. Rich and lush, Cranked up to 15.2% but incredibly well balanced. Reminds me of the style of big paso wines, such big fruit but balanced by great acidity.

A real cab drinkers merlot. Rich and lush, Cranked up to 15.2% but incredibly well balanced. Reminds me of the style of big paso wines, such big fruit but balanced by great acidity.

Jan 20th, 2018
Matt Lasater

Plush, rich, yet balanced by its muscular structure. Very deep and concentrated nose, palate is impactful and carries plenty of gras up front with breadth. Purple, round, weighty but just a joy to drink on xmas eve.

Plush, rich, yet balanced by its muscular structure. Very deep and concentrated nose, palate is impactful and carries plenty of gras up front with breadth. Purple, round, weighty but just a joy to drink on xmas eve.

1 person found it helpfulDec 25th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Seventh of our seven year vertical tonight....Scratch that the 2014 and the 2003 came out too.

Deep ruby red. Notes of vanilla, gravel, cassis and floral herbs. Medium plus tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. A touch of coconut on the palate with some dark cocoa, cassis, blackberries and crushed gravel. Quite dry and long finish. Drink till 2028. (91+)

Seventh of our seven year vertical tonight....Scratch that the 2014 and the 2003 came out too.

Deep ruby red. Notes of vanilla, gravel, cassis and floral herbs. Medium plus tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. A touch of coconut on the palate with some dark cocoa, cassis, blackberries and crushed gravel. Quite dry and long finish. Drink till 2028. (91+)

1 person found it helpfulFeb 9th, 2018
Edward Chung

Nice, nice, nice wine! Sweet velvety tannins, beautiful finish. Perfect with truffles and a prime rib. Definitely drinks like a Right Bank Bordeaux.

Nice, nice, nice wine! Sweet velvety tannins, beautiful finish. Perfect with truffles and a prime rib. Definitely drinks like a Right Bank Bordeaux.

Apr 21st, 2019
Tunc Akin

Beautiful full body wine

Beautiful full body wine

Apr 14th, 2019
Bret Barker

Merlot jammy delight. Blackberry, chocolate - well balanced mouthful of wine. Decanted over an hour but needs a few years.

Merlot jammy delight. Blackberry, chocolate - well balanced mouthful of wine. Decanted over an hour but needs a few years.

Jan 7th, 2018
Wulf Losee

2013 opened 2017. Still young, but very drinkable. Cinnamon and blackberries on the nose. Lemon zest and dark chocolate on the front of the palate. Light silky tannins the rest of the way down. I'd like to try this again in 5 years, but it's pretty damn good right now!

2013 opened 2017. Still young, but very drinkable. Cinnamon and blackberries on the nose. Lemon zest and dark chocolate on the front of the palate. Light silky tannins the rest of the way down. I'd like to try this again in 5 years, but it's pretty damn good right now!

Oct 6th, 2017
Stephen Madarasz

Yes. Held off opening this for a special occasion and was not disappointed. Delicious and it got even better as it opened up,

Yes. Held off opening this for a special occasion and was not disappointed. Delicious and it got even better as it opened up,

Jul 8th, 2017
Joe Roth

Full bodied. Layers of flavor.

Full bodied. Layers of flavor.

Jul 3rd, 2017