Officially founded in 1986 - marking the vintage of their first Proprietary Red - Pahlmeyer, quickly made a name for itself producing its Napa Valley Red (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc) and Chardonnay. The first vintages of Pahlmeyer were made by one of California's foremost winemakers, Randy Dunn. Following the vintages produced by Dunn, winemaking responsibilities passed to Bob Levy, before Helen Turley (beginning her own rise to prominence) took the helm in 1993. Turley proved instrumental in finding the Waters Ranch vineyard where Pahlmeyer has high-elevation plantings of red Bordeaux varieties and Chardonnay, as well as Wayfarer Farm on the Sonoma Coast. Pahlmeyer seeks low yields in the vineyards and perfect ripeness. Today, winemaking for the Napa Valley property is overseen by Kale Anderson, while the Sonoma Coast wines are produced by Bibiana Gonzalez-Rave.