Right Bank Red
2022 Merlot
Napa Valley

2024 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 28 | Lot No. 122
Vintage: 2022


Right Bank Red

Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • The foundation of this wine is Merlot sourced from Block 7 of Waters Ranch Vineyard
  • Waters Ranch is in the southernmost end of the Atlas Peak nested appellation, situated at 1,700 feet
  • For a mountain site, Waters Ranch has good depth to the soil, yielding healthy canopies
  • This exclusive Right Bank red wine is fermented in oak uprights, then aging in French oak barrels


The Pahlmeyer Right Bank red wine is a showcase of our longstanding commitment to crafting soulful and expressive mountain Merlot. Since our founding in 1987, the distinctive Pahlmeyer style has been defined by the expressive terroir of mountain fruit. Fruit for Right Bank Red was grown on Waters Ranch Vineyard, which was planted in 1999 by David Abreu. Situated in the mountains on the southernmost tip of Atlas Peak, the elevation and challenging terroir deliver small, concentrated berries that translate into rich, focused wines. The grapes are hand-harvested in the coolest part of the morning and delivered to the winery to be hand-sorted and destemmed. The destemmed grapes are then put through an optical sorter to ensure only perfect berries are moved to the tank for fermentation — what we call cellar caviar. The grapes were fermented in small oak tanks and pumped over several times a day to achieve refined, velvety tannins. The free run was collected and is aging in Taransaud heavy toast barrels. This wine will bottle unfined and unfiltered in May 2024.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Sustainably produced

Kathryn Vogt

Winemaker, Pahlmeyer

Winemaker, Kathryn Vogt

Pahlmeyer winemaker Katie Vogt carries on Pahlmeyer’s pedigree with expertise, artistry, and keen understanding. Building on the eminence Pahlmeyer has earned over three decades, Katie approaches each new vintage as an opportunity to honor the extraordinary success of her predecessors while continuously raising the bar.

“I’m not making individual wines, I’m continuing a legacy,” Katie says of the winery she joined in 2019. “Pahlmeyer wines demand attention. They are truly inspired, showcasing the consideration and thought behind every choice and every detail. We farm deliberately at Pahlmeyer — we’re taking vineyards to the edge and exploring the tension. When you’re making this caliber of wines, you are fiercely selective. The fruit that becomes Pahlmeyer is nothing short of phenomenal, with incredible balance, intensity and power.”

A graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she earned a degree in Agribusiness with a minor in Viticulture and Enology, Katie began her career in 2008, mentored by maverick winemaker Christian Tietje at his Four Vines and Cypher Winery projects in Paso Robles. Rising from intern to assistant winemaker, she delved deep into every aspect of winemaking, from vineyard sampling to managing the cellar to leading blending trials.

“In Paso, working with Rhône varieties, blending is their essence and core,” she says. “I was very lucky to be part of that very early on in my career. I get a lot of joy out of blending, of tasting a lineup of wines and envisioning what it would look like putting them together.”

Katie describes her winemaking style as having steadfast focus. She brings the precision and thoughtfulness of a master blender, constantly evaluating which vineyards and blocks will deliver the intensity and power to earn their way into the Pahlmeyer portfolio.

In 2014, she joined the Central Coast winemaking team at E. & J. Gallo Winery, working at Edna Valley Vineyard and Bridlewood Estate Winery. There was little room for error or second-guessing with large portfolios and significant investments at stake. She learned quickly to trust her talent, instincts, and technique.

In turn, she quickly earned the esteem of her winemaking peers. A year later, Katie joined Napa’s historic Louis M. Martini Winery as Associate Winemaker, crafting small-lot and single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in the winery’s Cellar No. 254.

“In Napa, you’re focusing on the long term,” she says. “To succeed, you learn the nuances and appreciate the personalities of the sites. We commit to a clear vision, then we are relentless in bringing that to life

Country born: United States

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winery Distribution

Pahlmeyer is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

Pahlmeyer Contact: Kandace Long


  • California ( DTC )


  • Canada - Alberta ( Marram )
  • Canada - British Columbia ( Vintage Wines )
  • Caribbean ( Webb Banks )
  • Denmark ( Fine Vines )
  • Hong Kong ( Ponti Trading Company )
  • Japan ( Nakagawa Imports )
  • Singapore ( Water and Wine )
  • South Korea ( Dong Won )
  • Switzerland ( ARVI )
  • United Kingdom ( The Wine Treasury )
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