Pahlmeyer Opens Jayson by Pahlmeyer Tasting Room in Napa Valley

Pahlmeyer has opened a tasting room for its Jayson by Pahlmeyer wines in The Village at the new Vista Collina Resort in Napa Valley. The stylish and sophisticated space gives Pahlmeyer fans a venue to enjoy the world-class Jayson wines and meet the Pahlmeyer team. 

Jayson Pahlmeyer established Pahlmeyer in 1986 and the Jayson label in 1992. In 2017, Jayson’s daughter Cleo Pahlmeyer took over as president of the winery and now oversees the Pahlmeyer family of brands along with over 100 acres of estate vineyards in Napa Valley and the Sonoma Coast.

Tastings of the Jayson by Pahlmeyer wines include The Jayson Flight, a personalized tasting featuring a selection of current release Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast wines, including the new Jayson Sauvignon Blanc and distinctive Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon. Tasting experiences are offered seated at a large community table or at the tasting bar for $35. Guests can also relax on the outdoor lawn and in the lounge areas, while they enjoy a bottle of wine. The Village at Vista Collina is a destination for food and wine lovers with an artisanal market, additional tasting rooms, music and special events, and ample outdoor space for picnics.

Visitors to the Jayson by Pahlmeyer tasting room can also take advantage of the membership program. The Jayson by Pahlmeyer membership includes guaranteed access to each new release from Jayson by Pahlmeyer at a 10 percent savings with complimentary shipping, and an invitation to the Pahlmeyer’s annual harvest event. Two annual shipments include an average of four bottles of every new release. Members receive complimentary tasting experiences with up to three guests, and access to the limited production Pahlmeyer wines.

The Jayson by Pahlmeyer tasting room is open daily from 11 am to 7 pm. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Tastings are available for $35. Wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Red Wine and Cabernet Sauvignon range from $30-$80. Jayson by Pahlmeyer is located at The Village at the new Vista Collina Resort, 850 Bordeaux Way, Suite #7, Napa, California. Visit for more information or call (707) 512-1142.

About Pahlmeyer

Founded in 1986, Pahlmeyer is an iconic Napa Valley family winery born from Jayson Pahlmeyer’s dream to create his own “California Mouton.”  Initially inspired by the wines of Bordeaux, Pahlmeyer creates limited quantities of world-class wines that are the essence of power and finesse. The portfolio of sought-after wines features the flagship Proprietary Red, complemented by Merlot and Chardonnay, and the Pahlmeyer “Jayson” tier including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet and a Red Blend. Cleo Pahlmeyer launched WayfarerPinot Noir and Chardonnay in 2014 from the family’s 30-acre Wayfarer Vineyard in the Fort Ross-Seaview appellation of the famed Sonoma Coast.

About Vista Collina Resort

Nestled amongst the rolling hills of Napa, Vista Collina Resort ushers in a new way to discover Wine Country. With thoughtful, Tuscan-style décor, nine tasting rooms, a locally-sourced, artisanal market, and a spacious community lawn for picnic, play and private concerts, Vista Collina elevates Napa’s standing as a must visit destination.

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Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013

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Winemaker Notes

First produced from the 1974 vintage, 2013 Insignia marks the 40th vintage of our flagship Napa Valley wine. Deeply pigmented, the 2013 Insignia opens with heady blackberry and plum aromatics laced with baking spices, cardamom and espresso. Focused and fresh, this exceptionally concentrated wine showcases elegant tannin structure and a silky mouthfeel layered with dark fruit, sweet vanilla bean, cracked black pepper and bittersweet chocolate.Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc

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Critical Acclaim

RP98 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate The 2013 Insignia (their 40th vintage) is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This wine is aged 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels, and the production can vary from just over 10,000 cases to nearly 20,000 cases in a very abundant vintage. There were 12,300 cases produced in 2013, and this vintage of Insignia is certainly going to turn out to be one of the great ones. The wine offers a stunning inky blue/purple color, a gorgeous nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite, new saddle leather and barrique. The wine has fabulous concentration, a full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel, and tremendous finish with moderate tannin. It’s interesting to note that the Phelps winemaking staff had been gradually reducing the amount of Merlot in this wine over recent vintages. The 2013 should hit its peak in 5-7 years and last for 35-50. Rating: 98+   –   WE98 Wine Enthusiast The mighty Insignia shows a vibrancy of purpose and craft in this, its 40th vintage, combining 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. Together they find a higher calling of perfumed violet, dark plum and berry along with graphite and an edginess of dried herb. Firm, structured tannins show tremendous potential for aging and decanting. This is a near-perfect effort from a blockbuster vintage. Editors’ Choice.

  WW96 Wilfred Wong of Another outstanding Napa Valley wine from the superb 2013 vintage, the Joseph Phelps Insignia—a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 3% Malbec, and 1% Cabernet Franc—shows up with a big-time performance. The wine exhibits exceptional ripe fruit flavors—black currants, cassis, and blueberries. The finish delivers endless pleasure and long-term cellaring potential. (Tasted: October 10, 2016, San Francisco, CA)   –   JS95 James Suckling Extravagant aromas of crushed blackberries, mint, eucalyptus and flint. Full body, round and velvety textured. Rich and flavorful finish. Lusciousness with form. Reserved palate. Very attractive now but better in 2020.   –   W&S95 Wine & Spirits Insignia has been built as a regional blend since its first vintage in 1974, becoming an estate-grown wine in 2004. It’s based on cabernet sauvignon grown in six vineyards, from Suscol in the south to sites in Oak Knoll, Stags Leap and Rutherford, up to Phelps’s Spring Valley Home Ranch in St. Helena. Ashley Hepworth has fine-tuned the style, so Insignia is still a rich wine, but now, especially in 2013, shows the kind of firmness of structure that makes the richness profound. This vintage is fresh and lively, even while it is dense and powerful, as if the power is coming out of the black raspberry fruit as well as the bright, sparkling-fresh mineral tones of the tannins. Delicious now if you give it several hours in a decanter, this is destined to evolve into a classic.   –   WS93 Wine Spectator Rich and full-bodied, but exhibiting the lift of a brighter red. The dark berry flavors give this an elegant mouthfeel and ease the tannic strength. Tempting now but worth cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2032.