Crafted from plots in the Pahlmeyer Estate Vineyard, Rancho Chimiles, Stagecoach, and Atlas Peak Vineyard, this is a pitch-perfect expression of ripe Cabernet fruit that the winery describes as having “juicy black fruits and intense red berry coulis, then dried herb and fine powdery tannins frame this well-structured wine. The long finish is tinged with bittersweet cocoa and orange zest.” Drink this now or cellar it—either way you’re going to be bowled over.
Jayson Pahlmeyer's mission from the outset has been clear: “industrial strength wines.” His megawatt personality is reflected in his wines, which regularly push the ripeness envelope. An absolute contrarian to the traditional “wine as a meal complement” philosophy, Jayson wants wines that are a meal unto themselves. The critics have noted his success with Robert Parker commenting “Things just seem to get better and better at Pahlmeyer, a long-standing, brilliant, remarkably consistent source for one of Napa's finest Merlots, Chardonnays, and Pinot Noirs.” There’s no question that these are wines that are built for maximum palate impact, but there’s substance behind the flash. While the grapes are picked ultra-ripe, they’re not out of balance. With Bibiana González Rave at the winemaking helm, the wines have never been better, and the Wayfarer project in Fort Ross is on the brink of becoming a new icon.
Brawny in supple baked black fruit, this wine is largely concentrated and robust in dense, secondary waves of mocha, black licorice and vanilla. Complex elements of dried herb and sage nip at the palate with ease, complementing the undeniable richness.