Pym-Rae 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley


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From the owners of Chateau Pontet-Canet comes Pym-Rae, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Alfred Tesseron, proprietor of the highly regarded Classified Chateau in Pauillac purchased Pym-Rae from Robin Williams’ family in late 2015 (Pym and Rae are the middle names of Robin Williams’ two eldest children). The approximately 18 acres of vines had been planted by Williams back in 1990. Pontet-Canet was the first Bordeaux Classified Growth to be certified biodynamic, and so they instituted biodynamic agriculture at Pym-Rae. To urge the vines to work harder and reach deep into the soil, they pulled out all of the irrigation and made the estate 100% dry-farmed. And since the vines are working so hard they use a unique training system called “bridge” where instead of trimming back the vines they let them grow and bend them in semi-circular arches above the rows.The grapes are all hand picked, manually sorted and then destemmed and crushed also by hand. No use of pumps or automatic temperature…


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