Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016 (750 ml)

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  • RP: 96
  • JS: 96
  • JD: 96

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016

 Our 2016 Proprietary Red opens with clear, vibrant aromas of blueberry, blackberry, and black cherry, with intriguing nuances of cardamom, vanilla, toast and star anise that balance the intense dark fruit. A complex palate of deep blackberry and currant, with undertones of leather, is supported by firm, silky tannins. This wine honors its high elevation mountain vineyards with a rich, succulent body; a hint of dark chocolate mousse distinguishes the lengthy finish.


80% Cabernet Sauvignon
9% Merlot
5% Cabernet Franc
4% Petit Verdot
2% Malbec

Critic Ratings

Jeb Dunnuck Review - Tasted 1/31/2019 - Rated 96:
A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Proprietary Red is a modern-day classic that has tons of crème de cassis, graphite, tobacco, and earth-driven aromas and flavors. It's deep, pure, layered, and elegant on the palate, with a great finish. Feel free to drink this beauty any time over the coming 20-25 years. - Jeb Dunnuck

Robert Parker Wine Advocate Review - Issue 29th Oct 2018 - Rated 96:
Composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Proprietary Red Wine gives up bold notes of fresh blackcurrants, black cherries and wild blueberries with hints of cigar box, tilled soil, dried bay leaves and smoked meats plus a hint of lavender. Medium-bodied and fantastically intense in the mouth, it has a wonderful core of muscular fruit and a firm, ripe, fine-grained frame to match, finishing very long. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

James Suckling Review - Published May 3, 2019 - Rated 96:
A concentrated and essence-like nose of elderberries, blackcurrant compote, peppermint and forest floor, but also hot stones, pressed violets and fresh eucalyptus. So complete and complex on the palate, which is full-bodied and layered with super velvety tannins, wrapping the seamless fruit together. A mouthful of pure silk. Drink in 2025.

Winery Pahlmeyer - Proprietary Red
Varietal Bordeaux Red Blend
Size 750 ML
ABV 15.1% ABV
Year 2016
Country/Region Napa Valley, California

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