Pahlmeyer Red 2014
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Dark garnet in color and nearly black at the core, the wine opens with concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry and wild blueberry, delicate notes of red raspberry and lavender, and a fresh waft of crushed slate. The silky entry is intense with cassis, black cherry and bitter chocolate, yet bright with red cherry and plum, grounded by notes of crushed stone. This powerful wine crescendos into a long, lingering finish. Extraordinary in its depth, complexity and concentration, this wine requires time, patience and decanting. Best after 2020 it will reveal increasing opulence over time, and age gracefully well beyond twenty years of cellaring.
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
James SucklingFantastic 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.
Wine SpectatorA 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.
DecanterThe juicy black cherry nose is wrapped in smoke, and that same generous, luscious ripeness fills the mouth and rolls its heady richness around your senses. Alcoholic heat tingles at the edges, while cinnamon notions glisten. This is bold, rich, layered and muscular. Worth waiting for. Cabernet Sauvignon with splashes of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Proprietary Red is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Merlot. This is a wine that has unbelievable aging potential as I have some old vintages from 1995 and 1996 in my cellar that are still aging beautifully. The gorgeous 2014 is certainly one of the stars of the vintage. The wine shows charcoal, graphite, background toasty oak, plenty of black fruit, a full body, measured tannins and a long finish. This is a serious, classic Napa Bordeaux blend that will need two to three years of cellaring and will drink well for 20 or 30 years. This could prove to be one of the longer-lived of the 2014s.
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