This morning we learned that Pahlmeyer Winery is introducing a new varietal to its family of Bordeaux-based reds and Chardonnay–that varietal is Pinot Noir. In order to tell the story of the new wine, Pahlmeyer has also launched a new website where you can find details about the vineyard, the new wines, learn about the background of founder Jayson Pahlmeyer and winemaker Erin Green and more.
Pahlmeyer plans to release two Pinot Noirs this year. The first, which was due to be released in April, is a 2005 Jayson Pinot Noir (suggested retail price is $65).
From the tasting notes:
The wine is 100% Pinot Noir and has a Sonoma appellation. The grapes were harvested between September 3 and October 5. The grapes were destemmed and whole-berry-crushed; they were cold-soaked using native yeasts and underwent 9 months of barrel aging in 67% new French oak. The wine was neither fined nor filtered. Winemaker Erin Green describes the wine as having a nose of Bing cherries and rich earth, with blackberry and elegant tannins on the palate and a long complex finish, with touches of plum and spice.
The second, due in September, is a 2005 Pahlmeyer Pinot Noir. The grapes for both wines are primarily sourced from a vineyard the winery purchased in 2000 in Sonoma.
As with all Pahlmeyer wines, customers on the coveted mailing list get first crack at new releases (and most vintages sell out at that point). Selected stores and restaurants do indeed carry the wines, including Napa Wine Company in Oakville.