2003 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red
"The 2003 Proprietary Red (86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels) is a killer. Deep ruby/purple-colored, with a big, smoky, fragrant nose of creme de cassis, smoked meats, plum, and licorice, it boasts great intensity, rich, full-bodied, powerful flavors, decent acidity, moderate tannin, and tremendous persistence. It has put on weight since I tasted it last year out of barrel, and should drink well for 15 or...
International Wine CellarRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 126, May/June 2006 ($110) Good full ruby. Black cherry, blackcurrant, dusty licorice and a whiff of herbs on the nose. Then sweet and supple but cooler than the 2004 in its fruit character, with some mint and herbal nuances. Finishes with broad tannins and a suggestion of bitter chocolate. Today this seems a bit less sweet than the 2003 merlot, but these tannins are finer.
Robert ParkerRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 162
Wine AdvocateRating: (90-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 157 on Feb-05
Wine SpectatorRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator