The youthfully exuberant 91% Cabernet begs for a little timeout in the cellar to let the Cab Franc and Merlot beat it into submission. Then again, a quick trip through the decanter could tame its tannins so you can dive right into those wild blackberries and Castelvetrano olive undertones. Pahlmeyer is a house that rewards the patient, and this massive beauty is no exception! Add this one to the “Do Not Touch” rack and start the countdown to 2025.
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.