2015 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red

This wine shows a deep crimson color in the glass. Brambly aromatics are layered with dark plum, cassis, ripe fig, and a touch of anise and cigar box. A powerful, fruit-driven entry on the palate—with notes of blackberry, molasses, bakers chocolate and leather—is supported by plush tannins that last over a lingering, juicy finish.


79% Cabernet Sauvignon
16% Merlot
3% Malbec
1% Cabernet Franc
1% Petit Verdot



Proprietary Red: An Iconic Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

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


97 Points

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2018

This is so balanced and articulated with precise aromas of currants, blackberries and cherries, as well as a mint character. Full body, firm and fine tannins and a juicy, subtle finish. Drink in 2021.

95-97 Points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, December 1, 2016

The 2015 Proprietary Red Wine... has super-concentration, a massive mouthfeel, heady, intense flavors of black and blue fruits, chocolate, wood spice and barbecue notes. It is a killer effort, and as so many of the 2015s, another magnificent vintage for Northern California. Drink 2018-2038.


Kale Anderson
September 7 to October 10, 2015
April 13, 2017
October 15, 2018

Proprietary Red is a masterful blend of five Bordeaux varietals, each harvested and vinified separately in more than 50 individual lots. Grape clusters were gravity-fed onto a vibrating table where two screens sifted out any foreign materials. After gentle de-stemming, individual berries were hand-sorted to ensure that only the best grapes were delivered to the fermentation vessels. The fruit underwent five days of cold maceration and two to six weeks of primary fermentation before gentle basket press. We aged the wine in 85% new French Oak barrels for 20 months.

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