Reviews & Recognition


Robb Report "Big Easy"

By Brett Anderson, Robb Report, December 2014
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When Jayson Pahlmeyer left his career as a contract attorney to become a California vintner, his goal was to produce a world-class red wine in the tradition of the great Bordeaux. He successfully smuggled illegal French clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec into the United States. This minor crime brought major success: Pahlmeyer wines attract both high scores and collectors. But because the flagship wine is most often set in cellars for aging, Pahlmeyer… Read More

Four wines worthy of the season

By Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle, November 12, 2014
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Autumn demands some heft, and these offerings deliver. Read More

Piece Offering

By Brett Anderson, Robb Report, October 2013
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Introduced with the 2004 vintage, Pièce de Résistance has since been discreetly sold to Pahlmeyer’s allocation list. Read More

Red, white and hue

By Bill St. John, Chicago Tribune, May 2013
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Glimmers of green, hints of brown all tell a tale in wine. Read More

40 Under 40: America's Tastemakers

Wine Enthusiast, April 2013

Meet the rising young stars who are changing the way the world drinks. Read More

Sonoma Coast's New A-Lister

By Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, April 2013
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At age one, California's Fort Ross-Seaview AVA is already making its mark with elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Read More

California’s Best Chardonnays

By James Laube, Wine Spectator, July 2012
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30 producers who set the gold standard for quality. Read More

Who'll Save Merlot?

By Jeffery Lindenmuth, Food Arts, June 2012
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Having survived the slings and arrows of overexposure and bad press, is Merlot now ready for a comeback? Winemakers and sommeliers ponder the hopeful future of this stalwart varietal.  In 2006, Jeff Smith, winemaker and owner of Hourglass Vineyards, purchased Blueline, a hillside vineyard tucked away just north of St. Helena, California, planting it to Bordeaux varie­ties, including three acres of Merlot. Planted near the height of the grape’s unpopularity, these Merlot vines covered three… Read More

Napa Valley Classification: Napa Valley's 1st and 2nd Growths

By Pekka Nuikki & Juha Lihtonen, American FINE Wine Magazine, August 2009
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FINE attempts to classify Napa Valley wines in the French manner by taking into account quality, reputation, price, history and terroir. Read More