2009 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WS 94
  • WA 93
  • CG 93
  • IWC 91

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WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2012
This cellar-worthy Bordeaux-like expression offers a mix of cedar-laced tobacco dried berry loamy earth and herbal notes. Young and tightly wound this unfolds slowly and gracefully and looks like an ideal choice to lay... This cellar-worthy Bordeaux-like expression offers a mix of cedar-laced tobacco dried berry loamy earth and herbal notes. Young and tightly wound this unfolds slowly and gracefully and looks like an ideal choice to lay down. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2028. -JL
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2011
The 2009 Red Blend emerges from the glass with freshly cut flowers mint spices minerals and pure crystalline dark red fruit. This is a gorgeous wine endowed with remarkable finesse. The style is weightless elegant and... The 2009 Red Blend emerges from the glass with freshly cut flowers mint spices minerals and pure crystalline dark red fruit. This is a gorgeous wine endowed with remarkable finesse. The style is weightless elegant and totally refined. I especially like the way the wine fleshes out in the glass. The 2009 is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021. -Antonio Galloni
CG 93
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, December 2012
Although very much showing the winery's predictable predilection to ripeness Pahlmeyer's newly released red blend is an immense wonderfully well-filled wine that is as long on juicy fruit as it is ripe and rich in oak and... Although very much showing the winery's predictable predilection to ripeness Pahlmeyer's newly released red blend is an immense wonderfully well-filled wine that is as long on juicy fruit as it is ripe and rich in oak and its themes of black cherries root beer and sweet loamy soils seem to grow more intense as it crosses the palate. Some will find it too rich and outgoing but this one is all Californian in style and shows why Napa Valley is so envied by many.
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2012
Good medium ruby. Wild aromas of crushed berries lavender and chocolate complicated by pepper and leather; suggests a rather wide range of ripeness. Considerably denser and fatter than the '09 merlot with a youthfully... Good medium ruby. Wild aromas of crushed berries lavender and chocolate complicated by pepper and leather; suggests a rather wide range of ripeness. Considerably denser and fatter than the '09 merlot with a youthfully medicinal character to the plum kirsch and chocolate flavors. Finishes with an herbal edge and very good persistence. Will this retain verve as it gains in texture with time in bottle?
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2009

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Synonymous with Pahlmeyer, Proprietary Red is the winery’s raison d’etre.

“All I wanted to do was to create my own ‘California Mouton’ – a rich, powerful Napa Valley Bordeaux blend, a wine that would drop wine lovers to their knees,” says Jayson Pahlmeyer. The 1986 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red was the realization of Jayson’s dream. Anointed 94 points by Robert Parker, it was the first of an extraordinary legacy of critically acclaimed wines.

Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red is a classic Napa Valley Bordeaux blend: roughly 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with a good portion of Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Each variety is harvested separately and held separately throughout fermentation and barrel aging. The lots are aged an average of 18 months in French oak Bordeaux barrels, blended through a meticulous, time-honored artisanal process, and bottled without filtering or fining.

Produced in limited quantities, the Proprietary Red is a wine of superb power and density with commanding tannins and rich, dark flavors that become increasingly lush and seductive with age. Properly cellared, Proprietary Red will evolve magnificently for at least 25 years.

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Pahlmeyer

Pahlmeyer was born out Jayson Pahlmeyer’s audacious dream of creating a “California Mouton”. A successful trial attorney, he had an insatiable thirst for adventure and a hypnotic captivation with wine. Following his dream, Jayson partnered with John Caldwell, owner of a 55-acre site in south-east Napa Valley. Together, they began planting the finest French clones of red Bordeaux varieties.

After months of sleuthing in elite French vineyards, and years of seeking assistance from viticultural professors at the University of Bordeaux who analyzed the soil samples, exposure, rainfall and temperature data, Jayson and his partner were able to acquire Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec vines with the greatest intensity, depth of flavor and character and proceeded to smuggle their “suitcase clones” to the U.S. through Canada.

Planted in 1981, the French cuttings slowly adjusted. In 1986, with the help of Randy Dunn, one of California’s foremost winemakers, the Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red was made and launched Pahlmeyer’s astonishing track record of critical acclaim.

In 1989, Jayson invited rising star winemaker Bob Levy to produce the first vintages of Pahlmeyer Chardonnay and the 1991 Chardonnay sold out immediately.

In 1993, Helen Turley took the winemaking reins and further improved the quality and consistency of Pahlmeyer wines. She was instrumental in finding Waters Ranch – Pahlmeyer’s high-elevation Napa Valley estate vineyard planted to red Bordeaux varieties and Chardonnay - and Wayfarer, the winery’s isolated estate vineyard in the newly established Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. Waters Ranch and Wayfarer estate vineyards were planted by viticulture legend David Abreu in 1998 and 2002, respectively.

Jayson’s daughter Cleo joined the team in 2008, infusing the winery with new energy and bringing renewed vibrancy to the Pahlmeyer legacy. Vintage after vintage, Pahlmeyer continues to live up to Jayson’s audacious dream – producing phenomenal wines of power and finesse.

The current winemaker is Bibiana Gonzalez Rave. She received her oenology degree from the University of Bordeaux and has worked at estates in Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley, Santa Barbara County, Sonoma Valley and other locations in addition to Napa Valley. She was named Winemaker of the Year for 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle.