2016 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay

Year: 2016
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 95
Jeb Dunnuck: 96
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"Rich and generous, offering an outlay of fig, honeydew, anise and light apricot flavors. Shows a measure of finesse and grace. Given the full body, this is quite elegant. Drink now through 2023. 1,900 cases made. -JL" (WS)

"The 2016 Chardonnay has a lovely savory, yeasty/toasty nose over a core of warm grapefruit, fresh apricots and allspice with a touch of candied ginger. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-filling stone fruit and spicy layers, supported by great freshness and finishing long and creamy.

The very talented winemaker from Pahlmeyer’s sister winery in Sonoma-Bibiana Gonzalez Rave of Wayfarer-has recently been appointed as Chief Winemaker at Pahlmeyer. 2016 was her first vintage here." (WA)

"Pahlmeyer's 2016 Chardonnay (Napa Valley) is bright, precise and nuanced, even though it underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged in 100% new heavy toast Francois Freres barrels. Apricot, honey, dried flowers and lightly buttery notes get a kick of energy from the freshness of vintage and the personality of the mountain sites (Estate and Antica) that inform this bottling, Winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez-Rave has brought an added level of finesse to the Pahlmeyer Chardonnay" (VM)

"Tasted out of bottle, the classic 2016 Chardonnay was barrel fermented and aged all in new oak. It offers a killer bouquet of caramelized orchard fruits, hints of pineapple, spice, brioche and white flowers. Possessing full-bodied richness, serious flavor authority, notable freshness and a great finish, this is high-class Chardonnay all the way." (JD)

Winery Notes:
This wine opens with aromas of lemon and neroli oil, floral hints of lily and acacia, and the suggestion of fresh brioche. The smooth, unctuous palate is clean, complex and harmonious with fresh apricot characters. Warm notes of clove and nutmeg, carry over the rich, lengthy finish.