Alfred Tesseron of Château Pontet Canet's new Napa Valley acquisition, Pym-Rae. Located in the very remote stretches of Mount Veeder, the sprawling Villa Sorriso was purchased Alfred Tesseron in 2015 from the late Robin Williams. In homage to the estate’s previous owners, the Tesseron’s chose to continue the use of the name Pym-Rae, which are the middle names of Robin Williams's children. The 2016 vintage is the estate’s highly rated inaugural vintage and produced in limited quantities.
A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Pym-Rae displays a deep garnet-purple color and reveals wonderfully fragrant notes of candied violets, wilted roses, damp soil and black tea over a core of red and black currants, black cherries and warm blackberries plus touches of cigar box and camphor. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is evocatively singular, offering that rock-solid structure of mountain fruit, yet these are wonderfully ripe, silt-like tannins that beautifully support the elegant red and black fruit layers, finishing very long and very perfumed. – Robert Parker