• Producer: Tesseron Estate
  • Winemakers: Thomas Comme and Michel Rolland
  • Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Mount Veeder)
  • Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verot, 7% Cabernet Franc
  • Vintage production: n/a
  • Winery location: Mount Veeder
  • Owner: The Tesseron Family
  • First vintage: 2016
  • Drinking window: 2024-2038


About The Wine


In January 2016, the Tesseron family became the owners of Villa Sorriso (Villa of Smiles), the former property of the actor Robin Williams. The actor christened the vineyard with the middle names of his children “PYM” and “RAE”. Due to  this touching story and in respect to the previous owners, the Tesserons have chosen to continue this name for the domain’s wine.


The Team takes natural “handmade” approach with the focus on the vineyard and winegrower, rather than cellar and winemaker. Although first developed at Pontet-Canet, adapting biodynamics to this new terroir has led to another approach and methodology of expressing the unique character of this place. From a common DNA two distinct and incomparable wines are born.


There is a long-term vision of vine and wine cultures. Each is intimately connected, part of the same whole: the cycles follow each other, never reaching an end. A philosophy arising from a natural cycle, its respect for everything is equally applicable to human society. It is a “humanist” biodynamic, intimate and humble approach, for a limited production wine destined to be enjoyed by a knowledgeable few. It is a reasoned and rigorous approach, validated by certification. It is synonymous with harmony and meticulous attention to detail.


The nature of the sedimentary limestone soil is key: it contributes depth and freshness when associated with a favorable climate. The style of wine they seek is elegant.


Tesseron Estate Pym-Rae 2016

  • "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."

    97 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Oct. 2018)