2008 Pahlmeyer - Red 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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Drink Dates: 2010-2022
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

(cabernet sauvignon with 8% merlot, 6% cabenet franc, 3% petit verdot and 1% malbec): Good deep ruby-red. Complex nose melds briary black raspberry, black cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate and wild herbs. Concentrated, lush and intense, with very good purity to the nicely delineated dark fruit, spice and floral flavors. A hint of wild herbs adds complexity. The serious, broad tannins are sweeter than those of the merlot and arrive late. Winemaker Erin Green notes that the 2008 reds have some light herbal qualities, "but nothing like the 2005s or 2003s, which were both more complex after five years in the bottle."

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Offers a mix of tight, structured cedar, graphite, pure black cherry, currant and wild berry flavors, with touches of anise and crushed rock, ending with firm, ripe tannins and good length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Drink Dates: 2011-2020
Author: James Laube


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 2008 Proprietary Red Wine blend (essentially a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec blended in) has a more opaque/purple color. With more graphite, blueberry and lilac notes, sweet tannin, medium to full body, and an elegant, gracious feel, it is more restrained than previous examples but has no shortage of richness and concentration. It looks to be a beauty in a Bordeaux style, with sweet tannins but loads of fruit ' unmistakably California but French in structure. Drink it over the next 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2010-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Elsen
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 12/19/2012
Frutado, lembrando muito fruta vermelha em compota, quase doce. Notas fortes de madeira. Apesar de novo, taninos e acidez bem equilibrados. Típico do Napa, um pouco rústico, mas muito bom.

Rating: 93
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 09/07/2012
Drink Dates: 2011-2020

Rating: 93
Author: Anonymous Author
Tasted On: 08/09/2013

Rating: 92
Author: Reez Wine Celler
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 03/22/2012
Good but not great. Was expecting more given the price.

Rating: 92
Author: Daddy
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/09/2013
Casis, burnt toast, vanilla, black cherry, with a merlot backbone I would say. Well made, throwing some sediment, and needs decanting. Could fool some as a pomerol.

Average rating: 93, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

261 bottles owned by 71 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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