Pahlmeyer acquired and news of Wine behind the label new guide
The very well established Pahlmeyer winery based in the southern stretches of the Napa Valley has been acquired by E & J Gallo who are adding to their premium winery holdings. Included in the purchase was the winery portfolio of brands and a lease of the Atlas Peak Waters Ranch vineyard. Gallo will also continue to maintain the winery tasting room. Not included in the deal, which was undisclosed, was the Wayfarer brand and vineyard.
To get a solid idea of the quality Gallo will be acquiring check out the Wine behind the label full profile, the very last updated for the new 11th edition 2020 which will be available for purchase in a couple of days:
❁ Pahlmeyer (Napa Valley)
As we go to publication, this winery has just been acquired by E & J GALLO. This is a top-quality, low-volume winery producing three super-premium wines, although occasional declassified lots under the Jayson label can also be very good. A committed approach to viticulture throughout Pahlmeyer’s vineyard sources, with reduced yields and careful canopy management, combines with inventive winemaking to produce wines of depth, concentration and great finesse. In the winery the reds are partly whole-bunch fermented, helping to provide both a supple texture and a firm structure. While they should undoubtedly be cellared for at least half a decade the tannin is just a touch more balanced and harmonious than in some others. A Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir are also both made. Both Chardonnays are fermented with wild yeasts in 100% new oak and bottled with neither fining nor filtration. (DM)
Proprietary Red Napa Valley ★★★★★ £G
Merlot Napa Valley ★★★★★ £G
Chardonnay Napa Valley ★★★★✩ £F