Tesseron Pym Rae 2017 (3x75cl)
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Rather rich, flamboyant and decadent with bright raspberries, mushrooms and bark. Full-bodied, yet very tight and refined, with firmness and length. Racy and fine for a 2017. No cabernet franc in the blend, just cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Drink after 2023.
Review Date: 21st September 2021
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Pym-Rae leaps from the glass with bold notions of black cherries, mulberries, plum preserves and dark chocolate with an opulent undercurrent of Indian spices, potpourri, sandalwood and cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with rich, seductive black fruit preserves and an explosion of exotic spice sparks, framed by firm yet beautifully plush tannins and fantastic tension, finishing very long and achingly fragrant. Possessing loads more weight and mid-palate density than a lot of 2017s, this second showing is an absolute knock-out. Due to strict selection, only around 1500 cases were made this year.
Drinking Window: 2021 - 2050
Reviewer Name: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Review Date: 1st November 2019
- Year 2017
- Colour Red
- Country United States
- Region California
- Sub Region Napa Valley
- Pack Size 3x75cl
- ABV 15.7°
- Drinking Window 2021 - 2050
- Drinking Recommendation Drinking Now, will improve
- LWIN 179631520170300750
In January 2016, the Tesseron family bought Pym-Rae, the former property of Robin Williams (named after the middle names of the actor’s children “Pym” and “Rae”).
Pym-Rae is a small 7.5 ha vineyard - mostly Cabernet Sauvignon as at Pontet-Canet - on low yielding sedimentary limestone soils. This is a high-altitude Mount Veeder vineyard planted at 550m where locally cool conditions moderate the warm Californian climate.
Pym-Rae practices organic and biodynamic farming – with 2016 the first vintage going through biodynamic certification (by Demeter). The estate is dry-farmed, with not even vine trimming interfering with nature. The vineyard is now 29 year’s old, divide into parcels which are vinified separately in 40 concrete vats of 10 hectoliters each. Then follows 16 months of ageing in new French oak barrels (70%) and concrete tanks.
The resulting wine is complex, deep, and balanced - full of mineral energy. These attributes are obviously shared to a large extent by Pontet-Canet, which shows why Alfred Tesseron was drawn to acquire the estate and work with this fabulous terroir:
“Pym-Rae is the realization of a dream … another exceptional terroir where Cabernets are also the major grape variety, in a country which has taught and given me so much” - Alfred Tesseron
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