2009 Pahlmeyer Pièce de Résistance Napa Valley

"The 2009 Pièce de Résistance glistens with a dazzling byzantium hue. Deep, primal aromas of iron and copper ascend to intense sweet black cherry, fine bittersweet chocolate and rich cassis. On the palate, seductive, unctuous flavors of caramelized plums, juicy wild blackberries, late Bing cherries, dusty tobacco, young mesquite and cocoa powder traverse a focused structure of well-defined tannins. An enormous, spectacularly long finish underscores this wine’s pedigree, and its promise of graceful aging."  September 2013

Composition

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Piece Offering

Introduced with the 2004 vintage, Pièce de Résistance has since been discreetly sold to Pahlmeyer’s allocation list.Read More

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
15.2%
Bottled:
April 25, 2011
Released:
October 21, 2013

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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