1997 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot. RP-96. Best Napa Merlot ever made?


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Ratings & Tasting notes:

96 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Pahlmeyer’s 1997 Merlot may be the finest Merlot ever produced in California. A profound blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers gorgeous smoky, black cherry liqueur aromas mixed with melted fudge. The wine is unctuously-textured, super-concentrated, low in acidity, rich, and multilayered. This is a spectacular, hedonistic effort to drink over the next 15-20 years. (12/2000)

93 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Saturated ruby-red. Explosive aromas of black raspberry, cassis, graphite, tar, minerals and toffee. Lush, superripe and very deep, with almost confectionary sweetness. Thick but not heavy. Very long and lush on the aftertaste, with fine tannins buried in fruit. Compelling Merlot with great sex appeal. (6/2000)

Bottle Size:

750 mL

Storage History:

Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.


Label: We have 6 bottles for sale. Some labels have minor scuffs or nicks.
Capsule: Perfect
Fill Level: Perfect


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