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Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red
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Wine Description

(2003 Vintage) Alcohol: 15.1 % pH: 3.75 TA: 0.536 Vineyard Designation: Waters Ranch, Caldwell, Rancho Chimiles, Stagecoach Composition: 97% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaking Notes: The grapes were given a five-day cold soak before fermentation, fermented on their own natural yeast, and aged nineteen months in 100% new French oak barrels. The wine was bottled with neither fining nor filtration on April 26, 2005. Availability: The Pahlmeyer 2003 Napa Valley Merlot read more...Alcohol: 15.1 % pH: 3.75 TA: 0.536 Vineyard Designation: Waters Ranch, Caldwell, Rancho Chimiles, Stagecoach Composition: 97% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaking Notes: The grapes were given a five-day cold soak before fermentation, fermented on their own natural yeast, and aged nineteen months in 100% new French oak barrels. The wine was bottled with neither fining nor filtration on April 26, 2005. Availability: The Pahlmeyer 2003 Napa Valley Merlot is available February 1, 2006 either directly from the winery, or through our network of fine restaurants and retail merchants around the world. (hide)

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    (1986 Vintage) Rating: 81/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 106 on Aug-96
  • Robert Parker
    (2007 Vintage) "The sensational 2007 Proprietary Red Wine (a 7,000-case blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) is slightly more restrained aromatically than the Merlot, but there is no doubting its extraordinary bouquet of subtle smoked meats, oak, mountain wild flowers, blueberries, blackberries, coffee, and cassis. Super-rich and full-bodied with noticeable, but stunningly sweet tannins, it possesses a rare minerality and definition, characteristics that...
  • Wine Spectator
    (2009 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/15/2012
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Dec-06.
  • 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)