california merlot shines

"Kale Anderson, the former winemaker at Pahlmeyer who now consults for that Napa winery, said the 2013 vintage was the favorite of his career. It shows with the Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley 2013 (92, $85), a silky wine with a luxurious texture and a firm structure that eases in on the finish. Harvested from a vineyard that reaches 2,100 feet above the valley floor, the 2013 impressed Anderson with its balance." Tim Fish, Wine Spectator, November 2016

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2013 Pahlmeyer Merlot, Napa Valley

92 points

Plump and silky, with a luxurious texture and a lingering finish framed by rich flavors of black cherry, mocha, dusty herb and spicy oak. Tannins ease in on the finish. Drink now through 2024. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 2,844 cases made.