1986 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red

"Smokey, richly textured, with luscious plummy fruit, mint, clove and black currant undertones. This appealing and rather big wine shows elegance and complexity. Aged for 32 months in French oak. Each varietal was fermented and aged separately, then blended before bottling." – Randy Dunn, Winemaker 1988


Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc
Petit Verdot


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91-94 Points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #55, February 1988

This proprietary wine, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot was made by Randy Dunn, and clearly shows off his exceptional talents by virtue of its huge fruit, formidable structure, mouthcoating richness, and hefty tannins. This immensely impressive wine has outstanding depth and length, and looks like a candidate for 5-15 years of cellaring. Quite impressive.

89 Points

Wine Spectator, November 1989

Distinct, with minty, herbal overtones to the jammy currant and plum flavors, tannic, tough and intense enough to need cellaring until at least 1994 to soften the edges enough to be drinkable.


Randy Dunn

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