2012 Pahlmeyer - Red

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 94 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 96 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 55908-2012-1500-3A
  • Vinous | Rating: 94

    Another rich, explosive wine, the 2012 Proprietary Red is racy and expressive to the core. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2012 is naturally very, very young, but it boasts tremendous richness, volume and pure texture. This is a terrific example of the year. If past vintages are an indication, it should also age impeccably. In 2012, the blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Sleek and understated, elegant and slow to unfold, gaining depth and richness along with subtle touches of cedar, gravel, graphite and cigar box. Finishes with detailed flavor nuances and good length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2025. 3,500 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2012 Proprietary Red Blend (79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot) is fabulous with complex notes of plum, blackcurrants, blueberries, raspberries, licorice and very subtle background oak followed by a full-bodied, opulently textured wine. This has voluptuous texture, tremendous opulence and is a sexy beast. Perfect purity also highlights this marvelous wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 15 more years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 96

    This, as always, shows lots of ripe and glorious fruit, but it gives tension and liveliness. Full and juicy with so much going on. Delicious and sexy. Drink it or hold.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 94

    A Pahlmeyer that really convinced me that this winery is capable of making not just really good wines, but great ones as well., Initial aromas were dominated by dark cherry and some rare roast beef, but after about an hour opened into a glorious mix of cherry, soft florals, enoki, and veal. Taste was an engaging mix of bing cherry, umami, pink grapefruit and red meat. Fantastic! Mature now; no reason to delay the pleasure. Bravo!
    Author: John Yoyodyne
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

  • 408 bottles owned
  • 65 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 65 collectors)