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2005 Pahlmeyer Red

abv 15.2%
  • 95 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 55908-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($125; 84% cabernet sauvignon with 10% merlot, 4% cab franc and 1% each petit verdot and malbec) Good saturated red-ruby. Pungent aromas of cassis and violet, with a whiff of smoked meat. Densely packed, layered and thick; a step up in depth from the merlot. This boasts a chocolatey richness to its sweet dark fruit flavors. Finishes supple, lush, broad and long, with substantial sweet tannins and a lingering note of chocolate.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    As for the 2005 Proprietary Red, it is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% each Petit Verdot and Malbec. While this might not be the blockbuster one would expect, there is outstanding depth, purity and overall texture and ripeness. Again, terrific acidity gives the wine vigor and precision, despite a lofty 15.2% alcohol. The wine is fresh and pure, with black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, some white floral notes, and the telltale forest floor. This is a wine to drink over the next 10-15+ years. Pahlmeyer's wines age well, as I am still working off the 1995 and 1996 Proprietary Reds, which remain in great shape.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Ripe, rich and complex, with layers of black cherry, wild berry, currant and cherry kirsch flavors that are bold, rich and persistent, ending with a long, intense yet elegant aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: BobT
  • Anonymous | Rating: 93

    Author: deanp
  • Anonymous | Rating: 96

    Author: cochrane78
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Jeffrey W346
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: gaston
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Jkbergmann
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: gjsantoro
  • Self | Rating: 89

    $150. Med-dark red color. Nice nose, sweet light fruit, berry, earthy, captures your attention. Good mouthfeel, med tannin, grips a little too much, pleasant but nothing special. Finish is med to short and ok at best, leaves you wanting more (but in a bad way). Wine did get better after a few glasses and with time but not enough to warrant a purchase for price.
    Author: WineRyan
  • Self | Rating: 97

    A refined beautiful wine. Let sit out for 3 hours in the decanter. Full fruit nose with hints of earth. Spicy currants and blackberry with a smooth elegant finish.
    Author: Todd7
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Always one of my favorites; did not disappoint. Still youthfull, but now displaying hints of maturity. Well rounded with gorgeous fruit and well-integrated tannins.
    Author: g4shay
  • Self | Rating: 94

    an amazing ruby red fruit bomb. huge berries on the nose with well integrated tannins and a long wonderful finish. love this wine.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2025
    Author: David 429
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Less generous than expected but well built. I can see this gaining more complexity, sosit these on their sides for few more years. Must decant 3 hours. Color: dark core with vibrant red edges Nose: tight but showed currant, cherry, meat, and mineralogy Palate: tight but well made, shy flavors similar to the aromas unfolded, tight and firm tannins
    Drink Dates: 2012-2020
    Author: Koby
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Past its prime, with a nose that reminds me of tawny port. Not reminescint at all of the prior bottle.
    Author: afikes
  • Self | Rating: 95

    This was great juice. Nose was blackberry and gravel and a little muskiness. Flavor was lingering, deep and rich. Not over the top but big and satisfying. Excellent finish. This was a very enjoyable bottle and it is drinking well right now.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2020
    Author: DartAdam
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2621 bottles owned
  • 368 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 368 collectors)