1997 Pahlmeyer - Red 750ml

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1997 Pahlmeyer - Red

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International Wine Cellar | 94

Very saturated black ruby to the rim. Dark aromas of cassis, black raspberry, licorice, maple syrup, shoe polish and flowers. Superripe and compellingly layered and deep; as thick and sweet as the merlot but more tactile, with a stronger impression of acidity and structure and superb flavor definition. Thoroughly ripe, noble tannins reach the entire palate. Pahlmeyer still shows a slight preference for his cabernet sauvignon-based blend. "The merlot, after all, used to be the leftover juice, the stuff that didn't go into the red blend," he explained.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Wine Advocate | 98

The finest proprietary red produced by Pahlmeyer to date is their 1997 (a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Petit-Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec). Production is 3,300 cases, and the wine tips the scales at 14.7% alcohol. A super-rich, blockbuster effort, it exhibits an opaque purple color in addition to a fabulous bouquet of black fruits, espresso, cocoa, mocha, and flowers. A prodigious red, with low acidity, spectacular concentration, and fabulous purity as well as overall symmetry, it can be drunk now, but promises to last for 20-25 years.

Drink Dates: 2000-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | 96

Ultraripe and rich, with jammy wild berry, blackcherry, currant and spicy nuances that are deepand concentrated, finishing with a long, detailedaftertaste. Wonderful sense of harmony andfinesse. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot,Cabernet Franc and Malbec. 1,900 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2002-2012
Author: James Laube


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Score: 93
Author: rcl
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/17/2014
Score: 96
Author: JLANDAULA
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/31/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2014
Fresh and vibrant, with snappy red currant, herb, sage and mineral flavors that are focused and persistent. Best of two bottles. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.--'97 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now. 1,900 cases made.
Score: 98
Author: SingKevin
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 09/09/2011
Score: 94
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/07/2009
The Pahlmeyer proprietary blend has always given great drinking pleasure and this was no exception. Subtle nose, soft on the palate and beautiful finish.

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