Review: 2005 Pahlmeyer Jayson Red

Review: 2005 Pahlmeyer Jayson Red

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

2005 Pahlmeyer Jayson Red




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. TheWineInsiders on February 4, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Wow, a bottle of this at House of Prime Rib was probably a great match. I usually find that the Jayson wines are of a consistent high quality considering that they are declassified bottlings. The difference in quality between the Jaysons and the Pahlmeyers is certainly noticeable, but they are still delicious and definitely a great value. Sounds like you really scored with the price you paid for this bottle!


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