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Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2014

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A beguiling, layered wine, the Proprietary Red impresses for its nuance, vibrancy and delineation. Grilled herbs, graphite, smoke, new leather and incense meld together in a vibrant wine endowed with gorgeous depth and intensity. The tannins are just a bit firm, hardly a surprise for a wine made from mountain fruit and the year, but the 2014 stands out for its impeccable balance and pure class.
Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red


Abundant winter rainfall, a cool spring, late bud break, and surprise hail in June made for a challenging 2013 growing season. Rocky soils and sloping terrains kept our ridge-top vineyards well-drained so while yields were low, fruit was exceptionally balanced and concentrated. Intensive berry-by-berry sorting further ensured optimal quality. 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, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. With its brooding dark purple color, we characterize the Proprietary Red as a Bordeaux-lover’s vintage: silky, smooth and complex, with a striking balance of power and natural acidity. Captivating flavors of rich black cherry, ripe raspberry, and orange peel deepen into earthy nuances of aged leather, sweet rosemary and Dutch cocoa. The enduring finish features fine-grained tannins and layered ribbons of espresso and slate.
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