Pym-Rae Tesseron Estate 2016
Continual effort and tireless attention in the pursuit of an ideal of quality.
The unique philosophy inherited from Pontet-Canet has been adapted to the local conditions.
It’s a natural “handmade” approach. It’s a focus which flows from vineyard and winegrower, rather than cellar and winemaker. Depth, balance and freshness: every detail is carefully considered to unlock the potential of this rare vineyard, and gracefully highlight its unique character.
It’s always better to OBSERVE, better to UNDERSTAND, better to ANTICIPATE.
It’s a matter of finding the correct BALANCE, and following that path.
Biodynamics were introduced 15 years ago at Pontet-Canet and have been introduced here, where it involves a deeper level of engagement.
Each vine is considered to be a unique individual, but one which is a part of the whole.
The external influences, coming from the soil, landscape or sky, give each plant its own identity that must be understood in order to obtain the quintessence of the place in each grape.
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
A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc, 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.
The 2016 Pym-Rae comes from an estate on Mount Veeder and is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, all aged in 70% new French oak and the balance in concrete vats. The first vintage for this cuvée, it's named after the original estate owner's children, Pym and Rae, which were their middle names. The 2016 is a beautiful wine and has a unique, rich, meaty character as well as lots of dark fruits, mountain scrub brush, tobacco, and leather that develops nicely with time in the glass, showing more and more fruit and purity with air. Full-bodied, nicely concentrated, and textured, it has a mass of tannins, beautiful mid-palate depth, and a solid spine of acidity that keeps it lively and fresh. It offers pleasure today yet is going to benefit from 5-7 years in the cellar. My money is on it evolving for 25-30 years.