Fans of fruit-driven, hedonistic Pinot Noir will invite Jayson to dinner time and time again. Cherry blossom and sweet, dark blueberries lift from the glass but it’s the dense, creamy palate of black fruit and seductive oak that seal the deal. Put this on the table while you wait for your Jayson Cabernet to settle down in the cellar.
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.
Thick red fruit becomes approachable on the palate in this stylish, focused and full-bodied wine from the coast. Big powerful waves of tannin and pomegranate, cherry and cola are met by nuanced aspects of spice and earth, the finish explosive.