Pahlmeyer produces some impressive high-end wines. The juice that doesn’t go into them goes into this second label, “Jayson.” (You know it’s from Pahlmeyer by the distinctive cursive label and a tiny note on the back of the bottle.)
Jayson Red also doesn’t indicate what’s in it, but it’s actually a Bordeaux blend of 73% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and a touch of Petit Verdot and Malbec. Merlot is pretty evident in the blend. This is a very soft and lush wine, oaky and with a touch of pepper, but much smoother and more subtle than a Cab. It went very well with a dinner of prime rib (and all the fixins) at the House of Prime Rib, though the 15.2% alcohol level might leave you a touch giddy in the end.
Normally $55, this was practically a steal for $78 on the restaurant’s wine list. Snap it up if you’re in town!
A- / $55 (retail) / pahlmeyer.com