2014 Pahlmeyer "Pièce de Résistance"

In the glass, this wine is a deep ruby red. Aromas of lilac, blueberry, blackberry jam, buttery pie crust and leather carry over onto a lush, balanced palate supported by supple tannins. Notes of graphite shavings, roasted walnuts, baking spice and a hint of dark chocolate show up on the powerful finish.

Composition

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyards

  • Rancho Chimiles,
  • Stagecoach

Critics

94+ Points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2017

"Medium to deep purple-black in color, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Piece de Resistance has a beautiful spiciness to the nose, with notes of cinnamon, pepper, vanilla and cloves over a core of baked cherries, crème de cassis and blueberry compote with touches of cigar box and pencil lead. The full-bodied palate simply explodes with powerful black berry preserves and spicy flavors, supported by plush, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with lingering chocolate box hints."

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Kale Anderson
Alcohol:
15.9%
Harvested:
September 10 to October 3, 2014
Bottled:
August 15, 2016
Released:
October 1, 2018

After harvest in the cool morning hours, the grape clusters were hand-sorted, gently destemmed and delivered as whole berries into open-top fermenters for five days of natural cold maceration and two to three weeks of 100% native yeast fermentation. 54% of the fruit was puncheon-fermented to intensify the extraction of aroma, flavor and color. The fruit was gently pressed and transferred to barrels, where the wine finished primary and secondary fermentations. The wine continued to age in 100% new Taransaud French oak barrels for 22 months. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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