Pahlmeyer 2017 Napa Valley Red Wine
95 Points Vinous - The 2017 Proprietary Red is yet another impressive wine from Pahlmeyer. Blackberry jam, red plum, grilled herbs, lavender, black pepper and earth notes give the 2017 quite a bit of aromatic nuance to play off the dark, brooding flavors. Like the Merlot, this was just bottled quite recently; as a result the 2017 shows some tightness, but it will be gorgeous when it recovers. I can't wait to taste it with a bit of bottle age. The 2017 Proprietary Red has a lot of Cabernet energy and tannin that needs time to soften. The 2017 really grows in the glass.
94 Points Jeb Dunnuck - The 2017 Proprietary Red is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 13% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, all aged in roughly 90% new French oak. This rich, full-bodied, structured wine has lots of tannin and concentration yet stays beautifully balanced, with ample currants, graphite, truffle, loamy earth, and toasted spice-like aromas and flavors. It’s a terrific 2017 that will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for 15-20 years.
94 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - The 2017 Pahlmeyer, bottled at the beginning of September, contains no Petit Verdot or Cabernet Franc this year, as that fruit was smoke tainted. Only Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot made the cut this year. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it delivers provocative blueberry preserves, baked plums and black forest cake scents followed by crème de cassis, dark chocolate, cedar chest and pencil lead with a waft of camphor. Medium to full bodied, the palate delivers impressive intensity with earthy layers offering lots of interest to the intense black fruit preserves, framed by firm, grainy tannins, finishing long with loads of energy.
Blend - 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
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