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Finding himself reading more wine journals than law journals, trial attorney Jayson Pahlmeyer decided to pursue his dream of producing a California "Bordeaux blend." After several trips to France, Jayson, with the aid of professors of viticulture and oenology at the University of Bordeaux, isolated the best clones of each of the "classic" Bordeaux and red varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Jayson, in turn, had the clones imported into California and used them to plant a Napa Valley vineyard in 1980. Under the winemaking direction of Randy Dunn, Jayson released his first vintage - the 1986 Pahlmeyer Red Table Wine. Dunn, who presided over winemaking until 1992, emphasized high extraction of fruit and flavor with no fining or filtering. Using the clonal varieties from France, Dunn created legendary Californian Bordeaux blends for Jayson and placed Pahlmeyer among the serious Cabernet producers. Winemaking Using only fruit from well-tended vines, Pahlmeyer approaches winemaking in a way that is at once both time-worn and cutting edge. The grapes are picked at a high Brix, and once destemmed and crushed, brought through primary and malolactic fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Interestingly, the red grape regime includes whole-berry fermentation in small lots, which softens tannins and magnifies fruit flavors. The Chardonnay meanwhile undergoes barrel fermentation in 100% new French oak barrels. It is then aged on the lees for almost one year and in most vintages bottled neither fined nor filtered. The red wines are aged in a combination of new (80%) and one-year-old barrels for approximately two years and then bottled unfined and unfiltered. The Vineyards The grapes for Pahlmeyer Red Wine come from steep hillside plantings, most notably the Olive Hill acreage of Rancho Chimiles in Wooden Valley, and York Creek Vineyard on Spring Mountain. The fruit for our Merlot bottling originates from three separate and distinct sources: the Moon Vineyard in the Carneros, the Thorvilos Vineyard at the base of Howell Mountain, and David Abreu's Madrona Ranch above St. Helena. Finally, our Chardonnay grapes come primarily from the Berlenbach Vineyard, located in the Coombsville region, which possesses a soil composition most analogous to that of Burgundy. Over time, Pahlmeyer has nurtured relations with growers willing to acknowledge revolutionary viticultural practices to aid our pursuit of creating powerful wines. Jayson works with growers to implement radical growing techniques including severe crop thinning and strict canopy management. By creating an environment for balanced growth, Pahlmeyer can harvest ultra-ripe fruit without disrupting the levels of acid and pH. The result is wine with intense concentration and finesse: "industrial strength" wine with polish and panache. Visit the Pahlmeyer website.
Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

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Bright gold in color. Intense aromas of honeysuckle, bee pollen and apricot nectar are lightly tinged with sea salt and interwoven with notes of baked graham cracker. The ultra plush mouthfeel has light tones of honeycomb and juicy summer fruits reminiscent of Crane melon and grilled peach, yet retains an ... more



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Pahlmeyer Jayson Pinot Noir 2014

Pahlmeyer Jayson Pinot Noir 2014

Vibrant ruby in color, this wine bursts with aromas of red fruit, soft violet, and fresh lavender oil. Delicate raspberry and cherry flavors leap from the elegant, velvety palate followed by earthy notes of sage and slate. An intriguing tinge of citrus peel accents the wine's long, vivid finish.  more



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Pahlmeyer Red 2014

Pahlmeyer Red 2014

This wine has a deep garnet rim with a dark burgundy-hued core. A nose of sweet vanilla, cigar and blackberry carries over onto the soft, voluptuous palate. Ripe fruit flavors are accented with notes of licorice, graphic slate and unsweetened chocolate powder, while hints of dark roasted coffee show up ... more



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Pahlmeyer Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Pahlmeyer Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon reveals its classic expression with deep, elegant black and red fruit aromas accented by notes of dried herbs. The mid-palate is focused, and a firm structure supports the concentrated fruit.  more



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Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2014

Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2014

The Jayson portfolio is the second label of Pahlmeyer. Jayson honors its namesake,Jayson Pahlmeyer, with wines that express his unquenchable desire for excellence in artisanal winemaking. Expertly made from select vineyard blocks and barrels, Jayson wines are the essence of luxury with a style all their own.  more

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Pahlmeyer Jayson Chardonnay 2014

Pahlmeyer Jayson Chardonnay 2014

Bright gold in color, this wine opens with generous floral aromas of neroli, Acacia flower and honeysuckle, grounded by notes of fresh ripe apricot and white peach. A silky, viscous mouthfeel supports a complex and fleshy palate including flavors of lemon meringue and honeydew melon with a hint of mandarin ... more



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