1994 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red

"The 1994 Pahlmeyer Red Wine possesses an opaque black color with an intense nose of earth, black fruits, vanilla and spice.  Full-bodied and  concentrated with moderate but soft, ripe tannins, this Cabernet blend drinks well now but will continue to develop over the next 10-15 years." – Helen Turley, Winemaker 1996 


85% Cabernet Sauvignon
11% Merlot
2.7% Malbec
1.3% Cabernet Franc
1% Petit Verdot


  • Napanook,
  • Thorevilos,
  • Madrona Ranch,
  • Rancho Chimiles,
  • Caldwell Vineyard,
  • York Creek,
  • Hossfeld Vineyard

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96 Points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #108, December 1996

The 1994 Proprietary Red Wine exhibits a purple/black color, as well as sweet, integrated tannin, a gorgeous blackcurrant, toast, tar, and licorice-scented nose, fabulous texture, and a 35-45 second finish. The 1994 may be slightly sweeter in the mid-palate than the 1995, but the differences are negligible. The abundant tannin is mostly concealed by the wine's wealth of fruit, glycerin, and alcohol. This wine should drink well from the late nineties through the first two decades of the next century. Very impressive!

92 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, November 1996

Ripe, complex and full-bodied, with pretty currant, black cherry, spice and cedary oak flavors that continue to develop far into the finish. The tannins are a little rough around the edges, but they're not out of line for a wine this young.


Helen Turley
March 1, 1997

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