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2001 Pahlmeyer - Red 1.5L
2001 Pahlmeyer - Red
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2001 Pahlmeyer - Red
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 114

($90; a blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon, 14% merlot, 3% cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot and 1% malbec) Full ruby. Roasted currant, black cherry and bitter chocolate on the slightly medicinal nose. Penetrating fruit flavors of roasted plum and currant, complicated by notes of leather and bitter chocolate. Comes across as a bit more vibrant than the merlot despite possessing an even high pH. Then finishes firm and bright, with major tannins and late notes of currant, leather, mocha and tobacco.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 195

More primary and backward, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon needs 4-6 more years of cellaring, but is capable of lasting three decades or more. Composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and a dollop of Malbec, it exhibits a dense, thick, black/purple color as well as emerging aromas of cedar, black currants, ink, graphite, charcoal and forest floor. This full-bodied, packed and stacked Cabernet offers a sexy, open-knit opulence on the attack followed by noticeable tannins. However, the latter component is clearly balanced by the wine's stunning concentration, texture and overall depth. As stated above, forget this beauty for another 4-6 years and drink it over the following 25-30+.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Ripe and intense, with juicy, vivid blueberry and blackberry flavors that turn firm and tannic, particularly on the finish where the tarry flavors dry out. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2015. 2,814 cases made.

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Community Reviews


Zarm Trust Rating: 88 Tasted On: 01/10/2013

Dense, dark core with red, ever slightly browning rim. Extracted. Dark cab flavors. Bacon, almost meaty smells. Old leather. Does not appear to be near peak of maturity. 5-10 years would probably be good. Tannins still present. Interesting, savory smell. With time, cedar emerges. But too sweet to be st. Julien. Inky.


DartAdam Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 10/05/2012 Drink Dates: 2012-2017

Taut and focused with good fruit and round mouthfeel. Tannins have mellowed. This is drinking well now. Solid napa Bordeaux blend but I'd skip the 2001 and go for 2005s, which are about the same price and totally outshine the 2001. Quite enjoyable overall - good but not extraordinary.


Jkbergmann Trust Rating: 93 Tasted On: 04/03/2009


Austin C Trust Rating: 92 Tasted On: 03/23/2006


Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 02/01/2005 Drink Dates: 2004-2010+

I was expecting great things (especially in light of how well the 2001 Jayson performs) from this wine but it did not deliver. Pahlmeyer continues to do seemingly everything right but there is no question in my mind that it underperformed in Napa Valley?s superlative 2001 vintage. The 2001 Red Table is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec that was whole berry fermented on indigenous yeasts. They raised the wine in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling it unfined and unfiltered. Very darkly colored opaque wine with scents of muted cherry, heat, light chocolate, and (shockingly) a touch of herbaceousness. Telltale Pahlmeyer sweet fruit in the mouth that finishes with lots of chocolate brownie flavor. Tannins start smooth but are persistent and end with excessive chalkiness. Low acidity.

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