2013 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1175178 96 points James Suckling

 So much purple fruit here like blueberries as well as minerals and black pepper. Full body, firm and silky tannins. Tight and compressed style with great persistence. Better in 2020, but so gorgeous now. *Top 100 Reds of Napa Valley 2016*  (1/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An absolute stunner is the 2013 Proprietary Red Wine, a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Malbec and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This is all mountain fruit from primarily the Stagecoach Vineyard and another site in Rancho Chimiles. Beautiful floral, smoky, blackcurrant notes mixed with acacia flowers and forest floor jump from the glass of this dense, full-bodied, concentrated and age-worthy wine. Like most 2013s, this is a 30-year wine with remarkable concentration, color and fruit extract. Forget it for another 3-4 years, and drink it over the following 30+ years. Pahlmeyer certainly has one of the most consistently superb resumés for the last 30 years that any winery could desire. (RP)  (12/2016)

94 points Vinous

 A real knock-out, the 2013 Proprietary Red is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. A wine of tension, energy and opulence, the 2013 has all the signatures of the vintage in spades. Red cherry jam, smoke, licorice, spices and white pepper are some of the notes that meld into the super-expressive, delineated finish. The 2013 is the first vintage of the Proprietary Red that is more than 50% estate, while the rest of fruit was sourced from Stagecoach and Rancho Chimiles. (AG)  (10/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 A powerfully rich and concentrated Bordeaux-style blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller percentages of four other Bordeaux varieties, this wine presents itself as juicy and fresh on entry, with high-toned sparks of cranberry, cherry and cassis. It takes on more strength and structure as it opens, suggesting its worth for the cellar. Hold until 2023–2028. *Cellar Selection* (VB)  (3/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A rich, powerful expression of black licorice, graphite, dark berry and cedary, toasty oak, this is well-proportioned and focused, with all the elements headed in the right direction. The tannins are edgy, in a pleasing way. (JL)  (6/2016)

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Staff Image By: Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2017 | Send Email
This is a beautiful purple. The bouquet is all black cherry with tanned leather. The mouthfeel is very smooth and the wine, although rich, is light on its feet. Lots of dark cherry and red berry with some leather and graphite and a long, smooth finish of caramel.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/13/2017 | Send Email
For as long as I’ve been in the wine biz Pahlmeyer has been one of the most reliable producers of high end Napa Valley wine. Their efforts, year in and year out, are rarely matched in terms of sheer deliciousness, elegance, poise and relative value whether it is their rich, oak laden Chards, the texturally impressive Merlots or the refined Proprietary Red Wine. The combination of the outrageous 2013 vintage and the long term dedication to quality from Pahlmeyer makes these wines some of the easiest choices on the market for their respective price points. We know not everyone can afford these wines on a regular basis but we also can’t recommend them highly enough for that special dinner/moment/gift that we all find ourselves needing from time to time.
The 2013 Proprietary Red Wine from Pahlmeyer, a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot , is one of the best Bordeaux blends of the year from Napa at $150. Some of you may ask, “Well why are you so jazzed on a $150 wine from Napa?” Great question! The reality of Napa Cabs/Bordeaux blends is that $150 is no longer a high end wine; in fact $150 has sort of become the middle ground for that category. When all the major critical publications are saying things like “this is the value of the vintage” or this is a “sleeper” of the vintage and the wines they are speaking of are $70-$90 all of a sudden a blue chip wine like Pahlmeyer at $150 is not looking so out of reach.
This stunning wine is full of fancy oak lacing, wild berry, cassis, tobacco and loamy earth on the nose. Refined and almost patient in its delivery with a layered oak frame, fine hued tannin and laser etched acid the structure here is something that gives plenty of instant gratification but also is built to age for the next 8-15 years. Plenty of blue/black fruit is present but any Cab can do that, what separates this wine from so many others is that it is not the strongman that Cab is so often is but more the sneakily strong gymnast, flexible and full of stamina. Finishing with a continuation of the flat out delicious fruit and adding a broad beam of savory earth and fresh herbs this is a wine that I would happily put in a blind tasting with any modern Bordeaux or Cult Domestic wine at twice its price, or just drink at any luxurious occasion.

Staff Image By: Keith Palace | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2017 | Send Email
Wow! This is a stunning wine from an epic vintage. Big ripe blackberry fruits, blackcurrant notes, bright acidity, big tannins and great structure all weave a beautiful feminine tapestry that hints of the elegance that will come with a few years in the bottle. Get some of this before it is gone but hold on to it for a bit-- patience will reward you mightily with this beauty.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2017 | Send Email
Power and elegance with prestige, the Pahlmeyer is an energetic expression of the awesome 2013 vintage with deep black fruits, sultry, mouth-feel and notes of creamy mocha, anise and pencil shavings. Showing beautiful structure with firm tannins and buoyant acidity, this is a perfect candidate for ageing and a super great gift bottle for that discerning Cabernet drinker in your life!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.2