Jayson Pahlmeyer started his own winery in the 1980’s as an attempt to create a Mouton-type empire within California. He wisely chose the Atlas Peak AVA as the place to build on his vision.
Pahlmeyer Wines had earned a reputation for their big, bold taste crafted from prestigious mountain fruit in the Napa Valley. With everything going according to plan, Jayson and his winemaking team were ready to look beyond their portfolio and ended up doing so in the 1992 vintage. It was a particularly exceptional year with strong yields, so they decided to launch a second label that would complement the Pahlmeyer portfolio: Jayson by Pahlmeyer.
Today, Jayson offers an expanded portfolio of wines known for their rich, high-quality taste that are an homage to their founder’s huge personality, humor and joy for living.
This is a classic Pahlmeyer Red– big and brawny, but beautifully structured and harmonious. It’s an exciting blend of Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot and Zinfandel, all expertly crafted together. It lends seductive aromas of bright, freshly picked red fruit, along with raspberry, dark plum and black currents. On the palate, a full-bodied burst of red and dark fruits, with hints of caramel and butterscotch that linger through the finish. There’s a lot to like here– velvety and deeply expressive, this is a seamless blend that will leave you begging for another sip.
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95 Points, James Suckling
A creamy, full-bodied red with aromas of stewed blackberries, blackcurrants, dark chocolate, black tea and sweet tobacco. Ripe, polished tannins support a velvety core of dark fruit and chocolate. Delicious finish. Tight and so together. Drink or hold.
93 Points, Wine Spectator
Powerful and well-structured, with zesty acidity to the dried red berry and currant flavors. Minerally richness lingers into the crunchy finish, with plenty of savoriness. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2025.
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