2016 Tesseron Estate Pym Rae Napa Valley

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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JS 98

jamessuckling.com, February 2020

This is the debut vintage of this wine from the esteemed Bordeaux owner, Alfred Tesseron, who bought the property in the Napa mountains in 2016. Aromas of plums, wet earth, fresh herbs and tobacco. Some green olives...
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, December 2021

The 2016 Pym-Rae continues to show well, with a rich, meaty, powerful style as well as loads of chocolaty black fruits, tobacco, black olive tapenade, and leather-like aromas and flavors. It's beautiful on the palate...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2018

A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Pym-Rae displays a deep garnet-purple color and reveals wonderfully fragrant notes of candied violets, wilted roses, damp soil and black tea...
JA 96

janeanson.com, September 2021

The inaugural vintage release of Pym-Rae, interesting to taste alongside the 2017, as the 2016 vintage was a little more balanced. This is gorgeous, flecked with wild herbs, campfire smoke, liquorice and sun-baked black...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.1%
Closure Cork

The 2016 Tesseron Estate Pym Rae Napa Valley is a remarkable wine that embodies the true essence of a luxurious red blend. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this wine showcases the finest qualities of the North Coast region in California, USA.

In the glass, the wine displays a deep garnet-purple color that immediately captivates the eye. The aromatics are simply enchanting, starting with delicate notes of candied violets and wilted roses that intertwine with the earthy scents of damp soil and black tea. As the wine opens up, a symphony of red and black currants, black cherries, and warm blackberries emerge, accompanied by subtle hints of cigar box and camphor. This complex bouquet is a testament to the artistry behind the blend, which consists of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 7% Cabernet Franc.

On the palate, the 2016 Pym Rae is medium to full-bodied, offering a singular and evocative experience. The mountain fruit sourced for this wine provides a rock-solid structure that is beautifully complemented by the ripe, silt-like tannins. The layers of elegant red and black fruit unfold gracefully, showcasing the harmonious balance achieved in this wine. The finish is exceptionally long and perfumed, leaving a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this wine an impressive score of 97 points, praising its fragrant notes and singular palate structure. James Suckling also commended this wine, awarding it 98 points and describing it as both reserved and layered, with a framed sense and beautiful structure.

The 2016 Tesseron Estate Pym Rae Napa Valley is a true gem in the world of red blends. It is already highly enjoyable, but its potential for aging is undeniable. With its firm yet polished tannins and impeccable balance, this wine will continue to evolve gracefully over the next few decades. Whether savored now or cellared for the future, this wine is a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship of the Tesseron Estate.