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287 Ratings
Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red

Wine Description

Tasting Notes: Intense purple color, with chocolate, raspberry and cherry-like flavors. Full bodied with depth and a long, rich finish. These red grapes are picked fully ripe, brought to the winery in small bins, and destemmed only. The whole berries are then fermented with wild yeasts. This is followed by malolactic fermentation with indigenous yeasts in small French oak barrels. The Merlot is aged in a combination of new (80%) and one-year-old barrels for approximately 18 months and then bottled read more...Tasting Notes: Intense purple color, with chocolate, raspberry and cherry-like flavors. Full bodied with depth and a long, rich finish. These red grapes are picked fully ripe, brought to the winery in small bins, and destemmed only. The whole berries are then fermented with wild yeasts. This is followed by malolactic fermentation with indigenous yeasts in small French oak barrels. The Merlot is aged in a combination of new (80%) and one-year-old barrels for approximately 18 months and then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Interestingly, this red grape regime of whole berry fermentation in small lots softens tannins and magnifies fruit flavors. Ratings: The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, Jr. 94 "This is an awesomely-endowed full-bodied, pedal to the metal style of Merlot with richness in addition to a knock-out nose of blackberry, raspberry, mocha and smoky aromas that soar from the glass. The wine has a sweet attack (from its formidable glycerin and extract level, not sugar) full body, extraordinary layers of concentrated fruit, and a blockbuster finish. Amazingly, the wine, like its 1996 counterpart, possesses gorgeously integrated acidity, tannin, and alcohol. Can California Merlot get any better than this? Both of these Merlots will drink well when released, and last for 15-20 years." Also rated in barrel (92-96) "The 1995 Merlot appears to be a worthy rival of the exquisite 1994. The 1995 displays an opaque, deep purple color, sweet, mocha, chocolately, raspberry and cherry-like flavors, full body, gorgeous sweetness and depth, and a long, richly layered finish. This wine should drink well for 15+ years." (hide)

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine & Spirits
    (2005 Vintage) The 2005 Proprietary Red is significantly better than what I tasted last year, although I certainly gave it a high score. This wine has fleshed out beautifully. The final blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) has a deep purple color, a beautifully sweet nose of blackberries and cassis intermixed with some meatiness, smoke, and a touch of pain grille as well as notes of espresso and licorice. Full-bodied, rich, with decent acidity, excellent delineation, and moderately high tannin, this is a beauty that should evolve for 25ndash;30+ read more...years. It is no wimpish wine at 15.2% natural alcohol, but that is buried beneath a cascade of gorgeous fruit and glycerin. This wine should be cruising along brilliantly in 2030+.    (hide)
  • Wine Advocate
    (2005 Vintage) This wine has fleshed out beautifully. The final blend has a deep purple color, a beautifully sweet nose of blackberries and cassis intermixed with some meatiness, smoke, and a touch of pain grille as well as notes of espresso and licorice. Full-bodied, rich, with decent acidity, excellent delineation, and moderately high tannin, this is a beauty that should evolve for 25-30+ years. It is no wimpish wine at 15.2% natural alcohol, but that is buried beneath a cascade of gorgeous fruit and glycerin. This wine should be cruising along brilliantly in 2030+.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2005 Vintage) 84% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11% Merlot; 3% Cabernet Franc; 1% Petit Verdot; 1% Malbec. Pahlmeyer will never be accused of undue winemaking restraint, and its latest red-wine opus is draughted in the deep, highly ripened, very big-bodied style for which the label is famed. An absolutely mouthfilling effort that is piled high with layers of curranty fruit, raspberries, sweet oak, caramel and loamy spice, it is so rich that it verges on sweetness at times. It wants for at least another five or six years...
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2005 Vintage) 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.
  • Wine Spectator
    (2005 Vintage) 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. –JL