1997 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley


73% Cabernet Sauvignon
17% Merlot
7% Petit Verdot
2% Cabernet Franc
1% Malbec


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

Proprietary Red: An Iconic Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

Jayson Pahlmeyer's "California Mouton" - a rich, powerful Napa Valley Bordeaux blend called Proprietary RedRead More


98 Points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #132, December 2000

"The finest Proprietary Red produced by Pahlmeyer to date is their 1997... A super-rich, blockbuster effort, it exhibits an opaque purple color in addition to a fabulous bouquet of black fruits, espresso, cocoa, mocha, and flowers. A prodigious red, with low acidity, spectacular concentration, and fabulous purity as well as overall symmetry, it can be drunk now, but promises to last for 20-25 years."

96 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, October 2000

Ultraripe and rich, with jammy wild berry, blackcherry, currant and spicy nuances that are deepand concentrated, finishing with a long, detailed aftertaste. Wonderful sense of harmony and finesse.

94 Points

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2000

Very saturated black ruby to the rim. Dark aromas of cassis, black raspberry, licorice, maple syrup, shoe polish and flowers. Superripe and compellingly layered and deep; as thick and sweet as the Merlot but more tactile, with a stronger impression of acidity and structure and superb flavor definition. Thoroughly ripe, noble tannins reach the entire palate. Pahlmeyer still shows a slight preference for his Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend. "The Merlot, after all, used to be the leftover juice, the stuff that didn't go into the red blend," he explained.


Helen Turley
October 1, 2000

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