2001 Pahlmeyer - Red 1.5L

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2001 Pahlmeyer - Red
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International Wine Cellar | 93

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | 93

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+.

Drink Dates: 2015-2045
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 195

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Wine Spectator | 88

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.

Drink Dates: 2011-2015
Author: James Laube


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Score: 92
Author: 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.
Score: 90
Author: 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.
Score: 92
Author: Jkbergmann
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/03/2009
Score: 92
Author: Austin C
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 03/23/2006
Score: 90
Author: 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.

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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