Pym-Rae Red Blend

Mount Veeder, Napa Valley, California

The fourth vintage of PYM-RAE stays true to the spirit of the Tesseron family, and is both the culmination of a long journey as well as the beginning of a new adventure. The biodynamic culture follows its course. 2019 becomes our first vintage to be certified by Demeter USA. What matters most to us are the memories you will keep.

Tasting Notes

This climatic balance combined with the altitude of the vineyard allowed us to produce vibrant and expressive wines, preserving freshness and finesse to the fruit. The tannins are silky, the fruit exceptional and the texture ample, signs of a great vintage.

2019 is a vintage of balance, energy and tension. The beginning of the year was marked by abundant rains which preserved humidity in the clay soils until bud burst. A long and hot summer followed, punctuated by misty mornings, with no significant heat wave, and ending with a mild end of season.

Hand-picked into small crates, October 2nd to 19th

Destemming: Manual
Vinification: Round concrete tanks of 264 gallons
Aging: 55% in new French oak barrels, 45% in concrete tanks
Time of Aging: 16 to 18 months

Here, respect for the vine takes precedence over landscaping. The average age of the vines, planted in sedimentary based soils (sandstone, shale and volcanic tuff), is 29 years, which unlike other producers in the region, we believe is a great benefit. No vines have been replanted as the vineyard was in good shape when we acquired this exceptional property.

Altitude: 1800 feet above sea level
Vineyard Acreage: 18.53
Vineyard Blocks: Two, at altitudes of 1640 and 1968 feet
100% Conversion Organic and Biodynamic by Demeter USA

Grape Varietals: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.1% by vol

The first vintage of PYM-RAE stays true to the spirit of the Tesseron family, and is both the culmination of a long journey as well as the beginning of a new adventure. What matters most to us are the memories you will keep.

Tasting Notes

Depth, balance and freshness: every detail is carefully considered to reveal the potential of this rare vineyard, and gracefully highlight its unique character.

Hand-picked into small crates

Destemming: Manual
Vinification: Round concrete tanks of 264 gallons
Aging: 70% in new French oak barrels, 30% in concrete tanks
Time of Aging: 16 months

Here, respect for the vine takes precedence over landscaping. The average age of the vines, planted in sedimentary based soils (sandstone, shale and volcanic tuff), is 29 years, which unlike other producers in the region, we believe is a great benefit. No vines have been replanted as the vineyard was in good shape when we acquired this exceptional property.

Altitude: 1800 feet above sea level
Vineyard Acreage: 18.53
Vineyard Blocks: Two, at altitudes of 1640 and 1968 feet
100% Conversion Organic and Biodynamic by Demeter USA

Grape Varietals: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14.1% by vol

  • 20231229

    96+

    points

    Wine Advocate, December 2023

    "Impressively ripe and concentrated, it offers scents of cassis, violet and hints of dark chocolate on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is silky-smooth, framed by dusty tannins on the long, focused finish. Yes, it's somewhat Bordeaux-like in shape, but it's fully ripe, with black cherries emerging on the finish, along with the slightest touch of alcoholic warmth."

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  • 20230927

    98

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    Decanter, September 2023

    "The Pym-Rae wines I tasted with Alfred Tesseron and Estate Manager Jérôme Ledit (2016-2019) all possess some measure of intensity, elegance, excellent balance, and freshness. Encompassing all those qualities is this 2019 vintage, seamless and simply mind-boggling. Pure blackberry fruit, creme de cassis, and graphite are nuanced by garrigue and cocoa nibs laced with orange essence. Medium to full-bodied with youthful blue fruit, spiced plum, and violets that meld together, creating a profoundly symphonic and lyrical fruit melody that is impossible to resist. The vines are surrounded by a pristine wilderness and many native California shrubs; those qualities emerge in the wine as sagebrush, fragrant Bay Laurel, and layers of ironstone mineral and earth. A kind of soy-soaked cedarwood rounds out this meticulous wine."

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  • 20230522

    98

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    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2023

    "The 2019 Château Pym-Rae is a textbook Mount Veeder Cabernet with its exotic red, blue, and black fruits as well as complex notes of mountain scrub brush, lavender, tobacco, and lead pencil. Hitting the palate with full-bodied richness, it has a layered, elegant mouthfeel, ultra-fine yet substantial tannins, and a great finish. It's one of those "iron fist in a velvet glove" type wines that will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and shine over the following two decades."

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  • 20230216

    100

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    The Wine Independent, February 2023

    "From Alfred Tesseron's (owner of Pontet Canet in Pauillac) estate on Mount Veeder, the 2019 Pym Rae is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20%, Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple-black colored, it requires a fair bit of swirling before it charges out of the gate with bold notes of creme de cassis, black cherry compote, and blueberry pie, followed by suggestions of clove oil, lilacs, licorice, and tar, plus a spicy waft of cumin seed. The full-bodied palate delivers beguiling energy from the brightness of fruit, bursting with fragrant floral notes, minerally sparks, and exotic spices. It has a taut backbone of invigorating acidity, matched by firm, ripe, grainy tannins, supporting the epic long, multi-layered finish. This 2019 is the vinous definition of opulence. This is the first vintage certified organic and biodynamic. Only a bout 20,000 bottles were made and are due to be released in autumn 2023. "

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  • 20230927

    98

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    Decanter, September 2023

    "Beautiful opaque ruby colour, leading with a subtlety that reveals lovely cedar and tobacco spices and Bay Laurel. Full-bodied, exhibiting a delicate balance between the structure's intensity and the fruit profile's lightness. A substantial backbone of acid tension, a hallmark of the 2016 vintage, lends buoyancy to the density of fruit, which lands on the mid-palate and stays there, building in stature and gaining intensity. A blanket of long, velvety tannins wraps itself around the palate, and the finish is long and exacting with spearmint and a wealth of warm earthen hummus notes."

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  • 20211221

    97

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    Jeb Dunnuck, December 2021

    "The 2016 Pym-Rae continues to show well, with a rich, meaty, powerful style as well as loads of chocolaty black fruits, tobacco, black olive tapenade, and leather-like aromas and flavors. It's beautiful on the palate, with massive concentration and depth as well as terrific balance. This gorgeous, deep, opulent beauty is going to benefit from another 4-6 years of bottle age and live for 3-4 decades."

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TRADE & MEDIA ASSETS /////////////////

2019 Pym-Rae Red Blend – 100 points, The Wine Independent – Shelftalker

2019 Pym-Rae Red Blend – 98 points, Jeb Dunnuck – Shelftalker

2019 Pym-Rae Red Blend – 98 points, Decanter – Shelftalker

2019 Pym-Rae Red Blend – 96+ points, Wine Advocate – Shelftalker

2016 Pym-Rae Red Blend – 98 points, Decanter – Shelftalker

2016 Pym-Rae Red Blend – 97 points, Jeb Dunnuck – Shelftalker

Pym-Rae Red Blend – Bottle

2016 Pym-Rae Red Blend – Label

2016 Pym-Rae Red Blend – Vintage Notes

2019 Pym-Rae Red Blend – Vintage Notes

2019 Pym-Rae Red Blend – Label