Pahlmeyer

Napa Valley Merlot

9.119 ratings
9.32 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Top Notes For
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Last of our seven year (9) vertical tonight....Scratch that the 2014 and the 2003 came out too.

Deep and dark ruby red. Lovely nose with baking spices, purple flowers and black berries. Heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. Rich palate with coconut, black fruits, and spices. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2033.

Last of our seven year (9) vertical tonight....Scratch that the 2014 and the 2003 came out too.

Deep and dark ruby red. Lovely nose with baking spices, purple flowers and black berries. Heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. Rich palate with coconut, black fruits, and spices. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2033.

Feb 9th, 2018
Mark Flesher

As a wine, this one is a 93. As a Merlot, 85 at best. This is the most varietally incorrect Merlot I've ever had. All previous CT tastings perhaps with exception to 1 or 2 describe a red fruited cabernet. If served next to a Mascot Cab with about 5 or 7 years of age, I could trick everyone into thinking this was another year's offering. Dark red pour violet to the rim. Nose of sweet red cherry liqueur. Entry is full bodied, spicy, good acidity. Middle of this wine has a hint of cola, pepper finish. The only hint of Merlot is that this one did have a little bit of mushroom and some herbaceousness show after a couple of hours. But still would never have guessed Merlot here. Delightful wine nevertheless.

As a wine, this one is a 93. As a Merlot, 85 at best. This is the most varietally incorrect Merlot I've ever had. All previous CT tastings perhaps with exception to 1 or 2 describe a red fruited cabernet. If served next to a Mascot Cab with about 5 or 7 years of age, I could trick everyone into thinking this was another year's offering. Dark red pour violet to the rim. Nose of sweet red cherry liqueur. Entry is full bodied, spicy, good acidity. Middle of this wine has a hint of cola, pepper finish. The only hint of Merlot is that this one did have a little bit of mushroom and some herbaceousness show after a couple of hours. But still would never have guessed Merlot here. Delightful wine nevertheless.

Feb 5th, 2019
Matthew Cohen

Green nose. Sweet fruit.

Green nose. Sweet fruit.

Nov 19th, 2018
Hans T
8.4

2014. Rather sweet, slightly thin, nothing offputting. Gift.

2014. Rather sweet, slightly thin, nothing offputting. Gift.

Jan 30th, 2018
Jeff

VRSN 2017 holiday party

VRSN 2017 holiday party

Dec 3rd, 2017
Peggy Hadley

Oh and btw you can have the “rock, paper, scissors “ sculpture for $2000.

Oh and btw you can have the “rock, paper, scissors “ sculpture for $2000.

Nov 16th, 2017
John Berghoff

John had this 2 years ago

John had this 2 years ago

Mar 14th, 2018
Grant Everett

Grant had this 17 days ago

Grant had this 17 days ago

Sep 30th, 2019
Alfredo Alvarez

Alfredo had this 9 months ago

Alfredo had this 9 months ago

Jan 30th, 2019
TJ Monico

TJ had this 9 months ago

TJ had this 9 months ago

Jan 19th, 2019