Pym-Rae Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
The Tesseron family, owners of Chateau Pontet-Canet (Bordeaux 5th Growth, Grand Cru, Pauillac) and Tesseron Cognac, acquired 'Villa Soriso' in January 2016 which was once owned by the late Robin Williams under the name ‘Pym-Rae’, after his children’s names.
Sitting 1800 feet atop Mount Veeder (close to Mayacamus Winery), Pym-Raehas been entirely converted to organic and biodynamic viticulture (Demeter-USA certified) and the philosophy is much the same as Chateau Pontet-Canet. All 18 acres of vineyards are DRY FARMED. There is zero use of pesticides, no acidification is permitted and absolutely no irrigation.
One wine is made: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot, which is aged for 16 months in 70% new French oak barrels and 30% concrete tanks.
The winemaker for the 2016 inaugural vintage was Thomas Comme, son of Jean-Michel Comme, technical director for Chateau Pontet Canet.
James Suckling: "This is the debut vintage of this wine from the esteemed Bordeaux owner, Alfred Tesseron, who bought the property in the Napa mountains in 2016. Aromas of plums, wet earth, fresh herbs and tobacco. Some green olives. Turns to blueberries and blackberries. Full-bodied, yet reserved and layered with chocolate, walnuts and plums. Firm yet polished tannins give a framed sense to the wine. Savory. Racy and beautifully structured, it’s extremely drinkable already. Real wine." Nov 2020
Robert Parker, Jr's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Pym-Rae displays a deep garnet-purple color and reveals wonderfully fragrant notes of candied violets, wilted roses, damp soil and black tea over a core of red and black currants, black cherries and warm blackberries plus touches of cigar box and camphor. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is evocatively singular, offering that rock-solid structure of mountain fruit, yet these are wonderfully ripe, silt-like tannins that beautifully support the elegant red and black fruit layers, finishing very long and very perfumed." Oct 2018
Winery: "We are in the hands of nature, with each cycle leading to the next: this is how we view our mission in the vineyard. The vineyard cycle is gentle, and our team remains constant, unchanged from season to season. Our association with the domain and its land is absolute.A daily challenge is to constantly seek a balance in all we do."
|Varietal||75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot|
|Aging||16 months in 70% new French oak barrels and 30% concrete tanks|
|Region||Napa Valley, California|