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1996 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley

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WA 95
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The five grape varietals comprising this vintage came from five ultra-premium vineyards...

Product Overview

The five grape varietals comprising this vintage came from five ultra-premium vineyards in Napa Valley, which are located in the sub-appellations of Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain, Soda Canyon, Wooden Valley and Carneros. Each of these vineyards was expertly manicured; every effort was made to ensure that the fruit would develop its full flavor potential. Striking opaque purple color, and a stunning nose of cherry liqueur intertwined with prunes, black currants, coffee, smoke, and blackberries.

Wine Details

Bottle Size 750ml
Vintage 1996
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Producer Pahlmeyer
Region Napa Valley
Color Red
Country USA
Featured Product No
Price $100.00

Wine Advocate (WA) Review

WA 95
The 1996 Proprietary Red (a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc) is not a very weighty (14.3% alcohol) offering. It has become more delineated with a year of bottle age, offering up classic creme de cassis, smoked meat, coffee, prune, and toasty new oak scents. Concentrated, with fabulously high extract, sweet tannin, and full body, this wine has an elegant feel on the palate, but is still a blockbuster. Anticipated maturity: now-2025.-Robert Parker

Wine Spectactor (WS) Review

WS 90
Fresh aromas of ripe black cherry, currant and berry are enticing, turning rich and complex on the palate, with fine depth, balance and persistence. Impessive for its vitality and purity of flavor. The best of four bottles.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2011. -JL
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