PAHLMEYER NAPA VALLEY PROPRIETARY RED WINE, CALIFORNIA 2018
Varietal: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc
Region: Napa Valley
Tastes Like: Exquisitely cellar-worthy, the 2018 Proprietary Red Napa Valley will reward patience over the next decade or more. This Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend opens with aromas of wild blackberry, cocoa and supple leather. Deep and beautifully structured, with elegant, lengthy tannins matched by ideal balance. Dark and opaque, the concentrated, complex palate brings generous notes of forest berries and black currant, layered with hints of freshly turned earth, aromatic herbs and dark spices, evolving into a long, energetic finish.
Pairs With: Holiday ham, summer berries, and buttered popcorn (seriously!)
What the Pros Say: James Suckling - 98 Points "Blackberries and wild berries on the nose with hints of incense and ink, following through to a full body with super integrated tannins and a long, linear finish. It’s structured, yet so polished and integrated, the tannins spreading beautifully across the palate. Caressing, like silk. This has a higher percentage of Stagecoach Vineyard. Drinkable now, but better in 2024 and onwards."