Pahlmeyer Red Wine 2008 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Napa Valley, California) - [RP 93] [ST 93] [WS 93]

Pahlmeyer Red Wine 2008 [1.5L MAGNUM]
(Napa Valley, California) - [RP 93] [ST 93] [WS 93]


Regular price $485.00 Sale price $359.98 Save $125.02
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RP93 ST93 WS93
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Notes from the winemaker:

The grape clusters were hand-sorted, and once de-stemmed, the berries were sorted again by hand on the way to tank. After four to five days of pre-fermentation cold maceration in small open-top fermentors, the fruit began 100% native yeast fermentation. Two to three weeks later, the fruit was gently pressed and moved to barrel where it finished primary and secondary fermentations. The wine continued to age in 85% new French oak – a combination of Taransaud and St. Martin barrels – for eighteen months. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

“The 2008 Proprietary Red has presence, complexity and richness. Juicy layers of blueberry, huckleberry and blackberry fold upon layers of pure cocoa and just-shaved pencil lead. The thick, smooth, firm tannin structure leaves a lasting impression and will allow this wine to cellar beautifully for years to come.” – Erin Green, Winemaker

Harvested: September 24 to October 28, 2008
Vineyards: Pahlmeyer Waters Ranch, Stagecoach & Rancho Chimiles
Bottled: April 20, 2010
Composition: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
Alcohol: 15.2%
Winemaker: Erin Green

Ratings & Reviews



93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2008 Proprietary Red Wine blend (essentially a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec blended in) has a more opaque/purple color. With more graphite, blueberry and lilac notes, sweet tannin, medium to full body, and an elegant, gracious feel, it is more restrained than previous examples but has no shortage of richness and concentration. It looks to be a beauty in a Bordeaux style, with sweet tannins but loads of fruit – unmistakably California but French in structure. Drink it over the next 15+ years." - Robert Parker (Dec 2010)

93 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Good deep ruby-red. Complex nose melds briary black raspberry, black cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate and wild herbs. Concentrated, lush and intense, with very good purity to the nicely delineated dark fruit, spice and floral flavors. A hint of wild herbs adds complexity. The serious, broad tannins are sweeter than those of the merlot and arrive late. Winemaker Erin Green notes that the 2008 reds have some light herbal qualities, "but nothing like the 2005s or 2003s, which were both more complex after five years in the bottle." - Stephen Tanzer (May/Jun '11)

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Offers a mix of tight, structured cedar, graphite, pure black cherry, currant and wild berry flavors, with touches of anise and crushed rock, ending with firm, ripe tannins and good length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2020. 4,000 cases made." –JL (Nov 15, 2011)

92-94 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2009 vintage):
"Good ruby-red. Blackberry, licorice and a tarry nuance on the nose. Denser and fatter than the 2009 merlot, with some of that wine's saline character but more sweetness of fruit, not to mention length on the aftertaste. In a much lusher style but still classically dry." - Stephen Tanzer (May/Jun '11)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2009 vintage):
"The 2009 Red Blend emerges from the glass with freshly cut flowers, mint, spices, minerals and pure, crystalline, dark red fruit. This is a gorgeous wine endowed with remarkable finesse. The style is weightless, elegant and totally refined. I especially like the way the wine fleshes out in the glass. The 2009 is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021." - Antonio Galloni (Dec 2011)