2005 Pahlmeyer - Red 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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.

Drink Dates: 2015-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 219

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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: Issue 138

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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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2015
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: g4shay
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/11/2015
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.

Rating: 95
Author: DartAdam
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 08/17/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2020
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.

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Rating: 93
Author: Southbound Union
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 01/31/2013
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Rating: 93
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 84
Tasted On: 02/07/2011

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Rating: 91
Author: gaston
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/15/2013

Average rating: 94, based on 8 reviews
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3983 bottles owned by 845 collectors.

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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.

See other similar producers: Harlan Estate, Cardinale Estate, Roy Estate

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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