Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red 1997
Jayson Pahlmeyer planted his vineyard in 1981 using “suitcase clones” allegedly smuggled from France. His founding philosophy was to create a “California Mouton” and has undoubtedly secured his winery’s reputation as one of the finest producers of Bordeaux varieties in Napa. The 1997 Proprietary Red is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon with lesser parts Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, and is possibly one of the greatest ever releases of this cuvée. It is incredibly expressive, concentrated and pure, with crisply defined notes of crème de cassis, mocha, violet flowers and cigar smoke.