2016 Pahlmeyer "Pièce de Résistance"

Distinctively earth-driven on the nose, dominated by aromas of forest floor and clove. The palate, with its rich and expansive texture, unveils notes of smashed currants and wild blackberry galette, supported by hints of cinnamon, Tahitian vanilla and freshly cracked black pepper.

Vineyards

  • Rancho Chimiles,
  • Stagecoach

Critics

98+ Points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, January 1, 2019

The best barrels from the growers, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Piece de Resistance checks in as 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up in new oak. Massive notes of crème de cassis, black cherries, new saddle leather, and lavender all flow to a full-bodied, incredibly layered, uber-sexy beauty that just knocks it out of the park.

Winemaking

Alcohol:
15.3
Bottled:
May 30, 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. A portion of the fruit, about 50%, 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 French oak barrels for 19 months and was bottled unfined and unfiltered in May 2018.

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