Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2007 Proprietary Red is at once restrained yet complex. Composed and intensely focused, it exhibits layer after layer of blackberry, cassis, anise, sweet cocoa, black cherry, blackberry preserves, extract, tar and cola. On the palate it is dense and concentrated with great weight and structure. Each layer lingers on and on. This wine is exceptional now and will only open further with time.
Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4%, Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
"The sensational 2007 Proprietary Red Wine (a 7,000-case blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) is slightly more restrained aromatically than the Merlot, but there is no doubting its extraordinary bouquet of subtle smoked meats, oak, mountain wild flowers, blueberries, blackberries, coffee, and cassis. Super-rich and full-bodied with noticeable, but stunningly sweet tannins, it possesses a rare minerality and definition, characteristics that seem to be found across the board in Napa’s 2007s. This dense, powerful red needs 3-5 years of cellaring, and should have 25 years of life ahead of it.
The Wine Advocate
"A rich, explosive style, packed with layers of currant, blackberry,
wild berry and black cherry fruit woven together in a tight way.
Full-bodied, turning supple and polished on the finish, where the
fine-grained tannins are ripe and let the fruit flavors flow freely.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and
Malbec. Drink now through 2020."
"Full ruby-red. Slightly syrupy dark fruit aromas complicated by truffle and earth, with an element of minerality providing lift. Then surprisingly ripe and lively in the mouth, with very intense, rich black fruit, licorice and mint flavors. Offers a lovely combination of sweetness and lift and a real impression of small-berry concentration."
International Wine Cellar
Big & Bold
Cheese > Semi-Firm
Actually, 4.25 stars. The vintage of 2007 of Napa valley is one of the best ever. I don't know why Pahlmeyer is not as famous as Mondavi and Caymus or Joseph Phillips, even though he deserves it! This is an exceptional effort! Very classic California wine that you only can find in the older vintages (the 1960's). This is a fruit bomb wine. Color, this wine has a clean seductive ruby red color. On the nose, I am picking a lot of back and some red fruits. A lot of black licorice is going on, blackberry, cranberry, some cassis, black cherry, a little hint of coffee and a little (very little) hint of tar that compliments the other components. Midpalate, very consistent to what I get on the nose, some toasted oak is coming through, a little (very little) heat also is coming through here, but all is well rounded. Finish, this wine has a smooth finish, firm nice tannins (not over the top). This wine is very well made and balanced. Back licorice is still dominating and dancing on my palate. Very good job, James Pahlmeyer! This is a top effort. I am easily 94+ on this effort. I can see this wine age for 13 to 17 years, no problem! You should seek this wine out. happy drinking!
Smooth & Supple
Awesome. Great wine, one of the best cabs made. Drinks great today and will be fantastic for many years to come.
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Jayson Pahlmeyer has been producing highly sought-after wines since 1986. It began with Jayson's dream to make world-class Bordeaux-style wine from Napa Valley. Pahlmeyer's estate vineyard - Waters Rance - is situated at 2100 feet in the Atlas Peak appellation of Napa Valley. It is the key source for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Chardonnay. Jayson's passion eventually led him to the Sonoma Coast, where less than seven miles and two ridges from the Pacific Ocean, he planted Wayfarer Farm, their key source for Pinot Noir.
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