97 Points - limited
New Sonoma Coast releases from Pahlmeyer - limited.
97 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2020 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard is fragrant and layered with lemon verbena, toasted brioche, and white peach. It has detail and definition in its structure, with refreshing acidity and a stony, lifted finish. Drink it over the next 10 or more years."
96 Points Robert Parker: "The 2020 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard has pretty scents of baked apples, beeswax, roasted almonds and toast. The medium-bodied palate has a satiny texture and layered, savory flavors balanced by refreshing acidity, and it finishes long and flavorful."
Cleo Pahlmeyer, daughter of Napa Valley's Jayson Pahlmeyer, came up with the idea of produce a stand-alone brand from the Wayfarer Vineyard on the Sonoma coast in 2012. According to the St. Helena Star, "then-Pahlmeyer winemaker Helen Turley had called the property the destined 'La Tache of California,' referring to the blessed grand cru in Burgundy." Pahlmeyer teamed up with winemaker Bibiana González Rave, formerly of Lynmar, on this project. The Star: "Indeed, the 2013 Wayfarer Vineyard Chardonnay has well-integrated oak nuances, with toastiness on the nose that expresses itself more as a complex, rich mouth feel on the palate. Pahlmeyer explained that the medium toast of the barrels used is key to maintaining balanced flavor; a heavier toast is not desired. The 2012 Wayfarer chardonnay ages in 65 percent new French oak
New release! The Pahlmeyer "Jayson" Sauvignon Blanc is the latest addition to the Pahlmeyer lineup and a fantastic buy.
90 Points Wine Spectator: "Lanolin and spice details add a savory element to the delicate lemon curd, mandarin orange and lime sherbet flavors, finding harmony and a juicy thread of acidity on the finish."
The Jayson by Pahlmeyer Sauvignon Blanc reveals bright pear and white peach aromas with tropical notes of pineapple and hints of fresh cut flowers. The palate is clean and focused, with crisp green apple notes and a rich, round palate with wet stone on the lingering finish. Balanced acidity makes this wine a perfect pair for oysters, crab cakes, or lobster bisque.
The Jayson Sauvignon Blanc grapes were hand-sorted and gently pressed as whole clusters. The wine was fermented and aged in neutral French oak barrels to highlight the beautiful acidity of the fruit, while enhancing its complexity.
Limited new release of Wayfarer's new WF2 label. Limited.
Wayfarer is Jayson Pahlmeyer's powerhouse Pinot Noir project and a cult in the making, just down the road from Helen Turley's Marcassin Vineyards. With 15 months in 45% new French Oak you’ll find heaps of bright strawberry jam, lilacs, and spice dancing across your nose.
Wayfarer WF2 wines are limited production, high quality and value driven. Fresh and vibrant yet richly textured, they capture the West Sonoma Coast in all its glory. The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of the night, then hand-sorted at the winery. The fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks, with the same care and attention as the Wayfarer Estate Pinot Noir. The wine aged in 30% new French oak barrels for 10 months.
Cleo Pahlmeyer, daughter of Napa Valley's Jayson Pahlmeyer, came up with the idea to produce a stand-alone brand from the Wayfarer Vineyard on the Sonoma coast in 2012. According to the St. Helena Star, "then-Pahlmeyer winemaker Helen Turley had called the property the destined 'La Tache of California,' referring to the blessed grand cru in Burgundy." Pahlmeyer teamed up with winemaker Bibiana González Rave, formerly of Lynmar, on this project.
The Pahlmeyer "Jayson" Chardonnay is the second label of the "Industrial Strength" Pahlmeyer Chardonnay and an amazing buy.
92 Points Robert Parker: "The 2019 Jayson Chardonnay rolls out of the glass with seductive scents of ripe apricots, honeydew melon, apple pie and poached pears with hints of cedar, honey toast and crushed cashews. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is chock-full of spicy apple and pear-inspired flavors with a satiny texture and refreshing burst on the finish. 1,400 cases were made."
The 2019 Jayson Chardonnay is layered and dynamic: The mountain fruit of our Pahlmeyer vineyards contributes intensity and crisp acidity, while our lower-elevation blocks offer freshness, tropical notes, and lovely aromatic lift. We hand-harvested each vineyard at optimal ripeness, picking in the predawn hours. Each whole cluster was meticulously hand sorted at the winery before pressing. The wine was gently whole-cluster pressed, naturally settled, and barrel fermented. It was racked from barrel for blending, then aged as a blend for 8 months before racking for bottling.