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Pahlmeyer Red 2014

Pahlmeyer Red 2014

SKU 5111


This wine has a deep garnet rim with a dark burgundy-hued core. A nose of sweet vanilla, cigar and blackberry carries over onto the soft, voluptuous palate. Ripe fruit flavors are accented with notes of licorice, graphic slate and unsweetened chocolate powder, while hints of dark roasted coffee show up on the very edges of the tongue.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Pahlmeyer
Alcohol/vol 15%
  • ws95

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. 5,000 cases made.

James Laube, June 15, 2017
  • d94

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.

June 2018
  • wa92-94

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.

Robert Parker, December 2015
  • v92

VinousPahlmeyer’s 2014 Proprietary Red is a highly attractive wine with the mid-weight structure of the vintage. Dark red cherry, plum, mint and new French oak notes abound. The 2014 has more than enough depth and density to drink well with minimal cellaring, although my sense is that the wine will be at its best once it has dropped some of its baby fat.

Antonio Galloni, December 2016