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Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red

Wine Description

(2006 Vintage)

Dense purple color with extracted, toasty aromas of blackberry reduction, black currant and bittersweet cocoa. It is firm and beautiful on the palate with fruit flavors, firm tannins and phenolic balance for longevity. This concentrated wine leaves a long, lingering finish. 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6%
Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec.

95 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate:

"Most of the fruit comes from the Stagecoach Vineyard and the Waters Ranch. Sweet, smoky, meaty aromas interwoven with melted asphalt, camphor, blackberry, cassis, and charcoal scents emerge from the complex aromatics. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, displaying sweet tannin, a concentrated mouthfeel, and a long, heady finish with substantial fruit, glycerin, and extract. It should drink beautifully for 20+ years." (Dec. 2008)

93 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:

"Good medium ruby. Musky aromas of black raspberry, mocha and smoke. Ripe, lush, seamless and deep; broad for the vintage, with plenty of mid-palate stuffing to support its tannins. This, too, is still youthfully unevolved and will need longer to express its inherent sweetness. Like the 2006 merlot, this merited a score at the high end of my original projected range." (May/June 2009)

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    95 RP winemaker's notes: The 2006 Red has a dense purple color with extracted, toasty aromas of blackberry reduction, black currant and bittersweet cocoa. It is firm and beautiful on the palate with fruit flavors, firm tannins and phenolic balance for longevity. This concentrated wine leaves a long, lingering finish. critical acclaim: "There are 7,000 cases of the prodigious 2006 Proprietary Red Wine (a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec). Most of the fruit comes from the Stagecoach Vineyard and the Waters Ranch. Sweet, smoky, meaty aromas interwoven with melted asphalt, camphor, blackberry, cassis, and charcoal scents emerge from the complex aromatics. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, displaying sweet tannin, a concentrated mouthfeel, and a long, heady finish with substantial fruit, glycerin, and extract. It should drink beautifully for 20+ years. " 95 Points

    about 5 years
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    Bought at Costco. Good - smooth finish

    about 3 years
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    31/1-12 fof

    almost 6 years
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    average...

    about 7 years
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    gv

    over 4 years
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...
  • 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
  • Robert Parker
    (2005 Vintage)