Bottling: 2005 Jayson Red — (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec)
Sub-Region: Napa Valley
Estimated Retail Price: $55
Purchase Details: Purchased for $63 at Vintage Wine Cellar in Honolulu, HI.
Tasting Notes: Pahlmeyer Winery makes a flagship red called simply, Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red. The wine is excellent, but it doesn’t really begin to show very well unless the wine has spent a few years in the cellar. It also retails for around $120, so its not the most accessible wine.
Luckily the winery also makes Jayson Red, a very sleek, stylish and impressive wine that usually drinks really well straight out of the gates. The Jayson Red, which is a blend of the five traditional grapes in Bordeaux retails for around $50. Although still expensive, it’s a lot easier to swallow (literally & figuratively) this purchase than the Proprietary Red. This was a treat because I normally don’t drink wines in this price range with this kind of regularity.
There were loads of plum, blueberry and blackberry flavors in the wine. A tinge of minerality on the finish adds a little more interest in the wine. On the nose were aromas of sweet oak, spice and more blueberries and plum. Very clean, fine tannins made this easy to go down smooth.
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Yikes! We had this wine at Little Village Chinese Restaurant in downtown Honolulu, a BYOB restaurant that’s not exactly fine dining Chinese cuisine, but good enough to actually bring your nice wines. And yes, the wine fared very well with the food. Definitely a wine to be drunk with a nice dinner and with people who appreciate good wine.
Winery & Other Background Information: This is definitely a high-end winery whose wines seemed more cult-like in the early days, but now have more of a sense of attainability in the world of the consumer. Pahlmeyer makes their flagship proprietary red, a merlot, a pinot, and several chardonnays that command some pretty serious prices ($60 – $125).
They also make Jayson versions of all their wines, except the merlot, that are meant to be an entrée into their more serious lineup. I’ve had all at some point and find the Jaysons to be a good value relative to the prices of their regular lineup.