With its obsidian core and Imperial purple body, the first impression of this wine speaks to its brooding intensity. The 2010 Pahlmeyer “Pièce de Résistance” unfolds with complex aromas of ripe huckleberry, spicewood and dark black cherry. Velvet smooth on the entry, it oozes with kirsch, bittersweet chocolate and panna cotta followed by earthy layers of grilled herb, prime rib and fine dust. A deep current of acidity balances the sculpted tannins and delivers a lengthy finish, promising aging potential for decade to come.
- Kale Anderson, October 2014
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Introduced with the 2004 vintage, Pièce de Résistance has since been discreetly sold to Pahlmeyer’s allocation list.Read More
- Erin Green
- May 3, 2012
- October 29, 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.