Reviews & Recognition

2014 Napa Reds Signal A New Era of Classicism

By James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com, January 26, 2017

They are less opulent than the bold and structured 2013s, perhaps the greatest vintage ever for Napa Valley. Even so, at the moment they tend to be more complex and approachable than the 2013s, which makes them extremely attractive to taste and drink now.

Perhaps what distinguishes 2014 above all is that all the reds show their true character driven by respective terroirs and microclimates. In other words, the wines are not dominated by a particular character of the vintage — namely late ripening and high sugar levels. 

 

PAHLMEYER PROPRIETARY RED NAPA VALLEY 2014

Score 97

Fantastic aromatics with blackberries, blackcurrants and iodine. Licorice, too. Medium to fulll body, fine and velvety tannins and a very polished and gorgeous finish. Caressing and dialed in. Why wait? An intellectual wine here. Lovely now.

PAHLMEYER MERLOT NAPA VALLEY 2014

Score 97

Blackberries, blueberries, forest floor and hints of Spanish cedar. Full-bodied and tight with firm and silky tannins and long and beautiful focus. Goes on for minutes. Terrific wine. Drink or hold.

PAHLMEYER CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY JAYSON 2014

Score 93

A velvety and juicy wine with sweet-tobacco and blackcurrant character. Full and delicious. Drink now.

Publish Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017