The revolution at Pahlmeyer has begun!

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Chronicle Tasting Panel's Favorite Wines of 2017

Houston Chronicle, January 15, 2018

Top 100 Napa and Sonoma Wines of 2017, January 4, 2018

95 Points - Wine Spectator #9 Wine of the Year

Wine Spectator, November 15, 2017

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2016 Pahlmeyer "Raison d'Etre"

2014 Pahlmeyer Raison DEtre

2014 Pahlmeyer "Raison d'Etre"

2013 Pahlmeyer Raison DEtre

2013 Pahlmeyer "Raison d'Etre"

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100 points
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 1, 2018

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Raison d'Etre is a barrel selection wine, made entirely from estate fruit and bottled in late May 2018. Composed of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot, it's deep garnet purple in color and features a beguiling array of black berry, black cherry, warm blueberry and cassis notes with sparks of cigar box, wood smoke, charcuterie and Chinese five spices plus a touch of dried Mediterranean herbs. Full, rich, concentrated and seductive in the mouth, the juxtaposition between the firm, superbly ripe, velvety frame, fantastic freshness and the depth of fruit is just incredible! It finishes multilayered and so compelling you will be reaching for that glass as soon as you put it down. 100 cases made.

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96 points
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2017

"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Raison D'Etre delivers a profoundly scented nose of plum preserves, mocha, crushed black currants and black forest cake with hints of licorice, cedar chest, baking spices and violets. The rich, decadent, full-bodied palate offers a wall of black fruit preserves accented by spicy layers, with soft, rounded tannins and a lively lift on the epically long finish."

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99 points
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, December 2016

Nearly its match is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Raison d’Etre, a blend of 100% estate fruit consisting of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. There is not much difference in power, massive extract, richness, length and profound aromatics and flavors, as this is just a prodigious wine. Perhaps the dosage of Merlot gives this more chocolate and espresso than the Pièce De Résistance, but it is a stunningly big, thick, juicy wine that somehow maintains balance and delineation. Drink it over the next 35+ years.

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