2016 Pahlmeyer "Raison d'Etre"

100 points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2018

“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Raison d'Etre is a barrel selection wine, made entirely from estate fruit and bottled in late May 2018. Composed of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot, it's deep garnet purple in color and features a beguiling array of black berry, black cherry, warm blueberry and cassis notes with sparks of cigar box, wood smoke, charcuterie and Chinese five spices plus a touch of dried Mediterranean herbs. Full, rich, concentrated and seductive in the mouth, the juxtaposition between the firm, superbly ripe, velvety frame, fantastic freshness and the depth of fruit is just incredible! It finishes multilayered and so compelling you will be reaching for that glass as soon as you put it down. 100 cases made."