Pym Rae Estate 2016


97 pts Wine Advocate

Out of stock


76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc. The creation of Pym-Rae Tesseron Estate began with the purchase of the property by Alfred Tesseron and Melanie Tesseron of Pontet Canet in Pauillac with their first commercial vintage from this property being the 2016 vintage. Prior to that, the property was better known as the Robin Williams Napa Valley vineyard and estate. The name Pym-Rae is an hommage to the late Robin Williams as that was the name Robin Williams gave to the vineyards. The inspiration behind the odd-sounding Pym-Rae is quite simple. It combines the middle names of Robin William’s two eldest children, Zachary Pym Williams, and Zelda Rae Williams. The Pym-Rae vineyard currently includes slightly more than 18.5 acres cultivated with vines that are planted high up on Mt. Veeder with an elevation that is close to 1,500 feet. The 18.5 acres of vines are ideally placed in the Mt. Veeder appellation, in the cooler terroir of the Mayacamas Mountains. The vines are planted to the type of Left Bank Bordeaux grape varieties that the Tesseron family are familiar with; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. As the Tesseron family were pioneers of bringing biodynamic farming and minimalist winemaking with different vessels to Bordeaux, they will take these same principles to Pym Rae. Right now, the vineyards are being dry-farmed along with organic and biodynamic practices with the whole estate converting to biodynamic over time. Due to all of this, we and some other parts of the wine industry have certainly taken notice. Antonio Galloni of Vinous wrote, “This is certainly going to be an exciting project to watch” while Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate wrote, “this place that is a must-try for readers who are as passionate as I am in discovering another unique expression of this incredibly multifaceted region.” This is definitely one of the most exciting names in Napa right now. 

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs



Pym Rae


United States




North Coast


Napa County

Vineyard Designation

Mount Veeder


Cabernet Sauvignon