1998 Pahlmeyer - Red 1.5L

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1998 Pahlmeyer - Red

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International Wine Cellar | 88(+?)

Medium ruby. Nuanced nose combines plum, woodsmoke, earth and sweet oak scents. Supple and nicely concentrated, with flavors of plum, herbs and oak. Not especially vibrant but shows good texture and intensity. Finishes with slightly peppery tannins, a hint of unabsorbed acidity and a note of licorice. I'd give this wine another 12 to 18 months to knit.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Wine Advocate | 91

The 1998 Proprietary Red is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit-Verdot, and 1% Malbec. A sexy, up-front, plush wine with a deep purple color, medium to full body, and copious quantities of sweet blackberry, creme de cassis, and meaty notes, it is on a fast evolutionary track, and thus should be consumed over the next 10-12 years.

Drink Dates: 2000-2012
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | 92

Deftly balanced, rich and elegant, with creamy currant, mocha, herb, blackberry and anise flavors, keeping a tight, supple focus and lingering on the finish. 2,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2001-2008
Author: James Laube


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Score: 90
Author: KMS
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/28/2010
Score: 92
Author: Ernesto o
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/04/2009
Score: 90
Author: Jkbergmann
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/03/2009
Score: 88
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2004-2010
In the tough '98 vintage, Pahlmeyer declassified 30% of the production from his proprietary red. Made of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec, this medium blood red hued wine has lots of thin legs displaying light coloration. Raised in new French oak for 18 months, the wine displays attractive though simple warm aromas of chocolate, toast, dust, and plum. Lacks the pizzazz of most Pahlmeyer wines. Moderate velvety tannins and slight high acidity give the wine good structure but there just isn'tenough fruit on its bones for it to be considered great.
More Vintages and Sizes of Pahlmeyer - Red:

2011 (750ml)
2010 (1.5L)
2004 (1.5L)
2003 (750ml)
2001 (750ml)
1997 (750ml)

About This Producer


Pahlmeyer started over 20 years ago when former trial attorney Jayson Pahlmeyer decided to turn his passion for wine into a career in Napa Valley. After studying viticulture and oenology at the University of Bordeaux, Pahlmeyer returned to the United States and produced his first wine (a Bordeaux blend) in 1986. Under the guidance of Pahlmyer, and current winemaker Erin Green, this reputation endures, annually establishing the estate as one of the finest producers of Bordeaux blends, Merlot, and Chardonnay in California.

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