Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2013
Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
Aromas of juicy ripe black cherry and floral raspberry marry with fresh citrus blossom, pencil lead and a hint of marzipan. Smooth, sweet tannins frame the unctuous mouthfeel, dazzling with a balance of rich complexity and fresh acidity. On the palate, notes of ripe black cherry, cassis, mocha and sarsaparilla merge with captivating briny green olive, light ash and orange peel. A crescendo of intense black fruit, bitter chocolate and sweet cigar extend the rhapsody through an endless finish, presenting ample time to savor this extraordinary wine.
The Wine Advocate - "An absolute stunner is the 2013 Proprietary Red Wine, a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Malbec and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This is all mountain fruit from primarily the Stagecoach Vineyard and another site in Rancho Chimiles. Beautiful floral, smoky, blackcurrant notes mixed with acacia flowers and forest floor jump from the glass of this dense, full-bodied, concentrated and age-worthy wine. Like most 2013s, this is a 30-year wine with remarkable concentration, color and fruit extract. Forget it for another 3-4 years, and drink it over the following 30+ years. "
James Suckling - "So much purple fruit here like blueberries as well as minerals and black pepper. Full body, firm and silky tannins. Tight and compressed style with great persistence. Better in 2020, but so gorgeous now."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "A real knock-out, the 2013 Proprietary Red is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. A wine of tension, energy and opulence, the 2013 has all the signatures of the vintage in spades. Red cherry jam, smoke, licorice, spices and white pepper are some of the notes that meld into the super-expressive, delineated finish. The 2013 is the first vintage of the Proprietary Red that is more than 50% estate, while the rest of fruit was sourced from Stagecoach and Rancho Chimiles. "
Wine Spectator - "A rich, powerful expression of black licorice, graphite, dark berry and cedary, toasty oak, this is well-proportioned and focused, with all the elements headed in the right direction. The tannins are edgy, in a pleasing way. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2028."
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "There is no shyness to the demonstrative 2013 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red. This Bordeaux-style red—produced from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot—has successfully combined the strength of each of those varieties to meld into a beautiful and complete wine. The wine's ripe berries, sweet wood, and crushed stone flavors make it a treat with a well-marbled grilled steak. Drinks pretty well now and will significantly improve in another 10 to 15 years. (Tasted: October 24, 2016, San Francisco, CA) "
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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. View all Pahlmeyer Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country unto itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review54.8 out of 5 stars
12 ratings, 3 with reviewsZHVibG9nMWs= - Alameda, CA47/27/2017Paul Schiavone - Spring Lake, NJ17/16/2017Derek Rolle - Aldie, VA47/8/2017pconaboy - Scranton, PA17/2/2017HNR - Abell, MD16/26/201756/22/2017Robert Kenna - Palm Beach, FL16/19/2017Anonymous - South Plainfield, NJ16/7/2017Anonymous - Champion, PA16/2/2017George Kotridis - Lansdale, PA15/31/20170fhashii - Fairfield, CT51/24/2017codezephyr - Alexandria, VA51/3/2017
Excellent. Big, bold, smooth.Anonymous - Sacramento, CA512/15/2016Anonymous - Ridgefield, WA510/30/2016Anonymous - Honolulu, HI110/8/2016Reinier - Wellesley Hills, MA46/15/20164.5 stars. Love it, but it's pricey.Anonymous - Redondo Beach, CA57/28/201657/6/2016JoshuaSonOfNun - El Paso, TX53/28/2016
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Very good but doesn't have the quality to price ratio a Dominus Napanook has. Firm rich sweet tannins are present with solid tobacco and some leather with layers of dark fruit such as cherry, raspberries and blackberries.J2YAY - San Francisco, CA13/14/2016Chescowineguy - Downingtown, PA52/9/2016
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