2005 Pahlmeyer Pièce de Résistance Napa Valley

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"2005 is the second vintage of Pahlmeyer Pièce de Résistance. A blend of our best 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, it is the only 100% Cabernet Sauvignon produced by Pahlmeyer – an experience of this varietal in its purest form. At first, you will notice the dark amethyst color of the wine as it pours into the glass. At once, you’ll be taken by the intense aromatics. Scents of blackberry and dark roasted coffee bean complement the wine’s huge, supple tannins. As the wine slips to the back of your palate, its powerful finish comes on full-bore, bringing to mind fresh-picked raspberries dipped in dark chocolate. The solid tannin backbone should allow this wine to age effortlessly over the next 15 to 20 years." – Erin Green, Winemaker September 2007

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Pièce de Résistance

For years, the idea of producing a near-perfect wine gripped Jayson Pahlmeyer's mind... Read More


Erin Green
April 18, 2007
November 1, 2010

The grape clusters were hand-sorted, and once de-stemmed, the berries were sorted again by hand on the way to tank. After four to five days of pre-fermentation cold maceration in small open-top fermentors, the fruit began 100% native yeast fermentation. Two to three weeks later, the fruit was gently pressed and moved to barrel where it finished primary and secondary fermentations. The wine continued to age in 85% new French oak – a combination of Taransaud and St. Martin barrels – for eighteen months. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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