Pahlmeyer’s progress: From smuggled vines to Napa favourite


Pahlmeyere winemaker Katie Vogt. Credit: Gallo

Pahlmeyer is one of Napa’s best-known wines. It is famous for its top-shelf Cabernet and Chardonnay releases, and for the fact that it has unprecedented access to some of California’s most coveted sites: Stagecoach Vineyard and its own, Atlas Peak Proprietary Vineyard.

Today a critical darling and a brand that takes pride-of-place in collector’s cellars, Pahlmeyer’s success was built from the ground up; thanks to a little bit of smuggling skulduggery and canny hiring of winemaking talent by its eponymous creator.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores of eight Pahlmeyer wines to try