New Sonoma Coast releases from Pahlmeyer - limited.
94 Points Antonio Galloni: "The 2015 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard is rich, powerful and intense. Once again, this is one of the most distinctive Chardonnays being made in California. Candied lemon peel, white flowers, mint and white pepper are all fused together in this deeply expressive, phenolic Chardonnay that captures all the best attributes of this site on the Sonoma Coast."
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
The Pahlmeyer "Jayson" Chardonnay is the second label of the "Industrial Strength" Pahlmeyer Chardonnay and an amazing buy.
After a meticulous selection process in assembling the final blend of the Pahlmeyer Chardonnay, the winery assigned the remaining lots of wine to the "Jayson" label. The Pahlmeyer Jayson Chardonnay was hand crafted with the same care and attention that is given to all of their wines and the fruit comes from the same vineyard as the $85 version . It is an excellent value at a fraction of the price of regular Pahlmeyer Chardonnay.
90 Points Robert Parker: "Deftly balanced, if on the weightier side, offering complex toasty, smoky oak and rich nectarine, white peach and citrus flavors, with a pithy citrus texture that gives this a mild tannic impression. Drink now through 2020."
Pahlmeyer's new Jayson Pinot Noir! LImited.
94 Points Wine Entusiast: "Crisp and crunchy red fruit like cranberry surround a tight, grippy structure seasoned well in cola and Asian spice. Full bodied, the wine is textured and elegant, robust without being overbearing, a standout for the producer and the appellation in a picture-perfect vintage year."
In 1998, Pahlmeyer (know for their Napa Cabs and Chardonnay) purchased the Wayfarer Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast near Flowers, Williams Selyem, and Marcassin, and spent years preparing the site for their first-ever Pinot Noir. Winemaker Erin Green worked with Bob Cabral of Williams-Selyem to choose a dozen Pinot clones, and planted using dense spacing and trellising reminiscent of Burgundy. The result? The Pahlmeyer 2013 Jayson Pinot Noir is a stunning, sensuous Pinot with a nose of bing cherries and rich earth, with blackberry and elegant tannins on the palate; the wine has a long complex finish with touches of plum and spice. The fruit and acid balance make it a quintessential Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, lively in the mouth with lots of stuffing and complexity at the same time.
New release! The Pahlmeyer 2014 Jayson Proprietary Red is a second label of the same wine that goes into the Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red. This is a fantastic opportunity at a great price - limited.
With the 2014 Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley we present the first vintage of this wine and the first 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Pahlmeyer. The new label celebrates the wine’s debut, pedigree and distinction. This gorgeous 100% Cabernet leads with mouthwatering aromas of ripe cherries, freshly cut carnation and cracked pepper. The silky entry evokes juicy red plums and rich Swiss chocolate, handsomely framed with notes of river stone, fennel and black tea. Fine-grained tannins lend a sophisticated elegance and model structure that allow this wine to drink nicely upon release. A fantastic new addition to the Pahlmeyer lineup!