2014 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Blend

Year: 2014
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 97
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :
$159.95

"A remarkable effort, engagingly rich and concentrated, with a deep, firm mix of licorice-shaded blackberry, currant, graphite, dried herb and cedary oak notes. The flavors hold and gain, leading to a persistent finish that keeps echoing the core elements. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030. 5,000 cases made.–JL " (WS)

"The 2014 Proprietary Red Wine is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec, again, showing slightly less depth than its two surrounding siblings, but beautiful pure fruit, silky, velvety tannins, a layered mouthfeel and deep blackcurrant and black cherry fruit intermixed with cedar wood, fruitcake and smoky oak. This is a terrific wine as well and it will be the fastest out of the gate in terms of evolution – drinking beautifully for the next 15+ years.

Pahlmeyer certainly has one of the most consistently superb resumés for the last 30 years that any winery could desire." (WA)

"Pahlmeyer's 2014 Proprietary Red is a highly attractive wine with the mid-weight structure of the vintage. Dark red cherry, plum, mint and new French oak notes abound. The 2014 has more than enough depth and density to drink well with minimal cellaring, although my sense is that the wine will be at its best once it has dropped some of its baby fat." (VM)

"Fantastic aromatics with blackberries, blackcurrants and iodine. Licorice, too. Medium to fulll body, fine and velvety tannins and a very polished and gorgeous finish. Caressing and dialed in. Why wait? An intellectual wine here. Lovely now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
This wine has a deep garnet rim with a dark burgundy-hued core. A nose of sweet vanilla, cigar and blackberry carries over onto the soft, voluptuous palate. Ripe fruit flavors are accented with notes of licorice, graphic slate and unsweetened chocolate powder, while hints of dark roasted coffee show up on the very edges of the tongue.