Owl's Lair

Pax Nor

Griffin's Lair Sonoma Coast Syrah 2006

Beautiful wine, still had time — a month ago

Tin Barn Vineyards

Reserve Griffin's Lair Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019

This is in my top two favorite Tin Barn wines. — 4 months ago

Cape Winemakers Guild

Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir 2017

Greg Ballington

@Delectable Wine this is the 2017 Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Cape Winemakers Guild Pinot Noir.

Our first time every at the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction and we will make sure to come back! (Tasting was on 9/28/18).

Fifteenth wine at the Friday Auction Tasting for the Cape Winemakers Guild and the fourth red wine. This is made up of 100% Pinot Noir by Gottfried Mocke from the Kaaimansgat vineyard (Crocodile's Lair) in the Overberg region in the Western Cape. Aged for a total of fifteen months in 50% new oak barrels prior to bottling. Only 60 cases produced with 40 being auctioned in 2018.

Medium ruby red with garnet edges. Layered nose with an attack of leather, followed up by dark cherries and fresh twigs. Medium acidity (6/10) and well integrated with a medium body. Rich palate with complex layers of dark berries, spices, gravel and touch of twigs. Well refined and seems to have some good aging potential. Long finish. Drink till 2029.

$$ - Tasted at the Cape Winemakers Auction. Average bid at auction was R3,880.00 ($45.64 a bottle) a case. Highest bid was R4,800.00 ($56.46 a bottle) and lowest bid was R3,200.00 ($37.64 a bottle).

#gottfriedmocke #pinotnoir #overberg #southafrica #cwgauction #cwg #redwine
— 3 years ago

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Field Book Griffin's Lair Vineyard Syrah 2017

A beautiful Syrah. Tobacco on the palate. Perfect with ribs. July 2021. — a month ago

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Pax Nor

Obsidian Vineyard Syrah 2005

Reached pretty far back in the cellar for this one. Pax Mahl was making some terrific wines out of his eponymous winery (Obsidian and Griffin’s Lair were my favorites), until some sort of flare-up between him and Joe Donelan eventually resulted in them splitting the vineyard accesses between them and shutting down the winery. After 15 years, this wine is still going strong. Great example of a cooler climate north coast syrah. — 6 months ago

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These early-mid 2000’s vintages for Pax were awesome.
Stephen Redenbaugh

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God I love those early Pax Syrahs... saving my last ‘04 Griffin’s Lair for some memorable birthday.
Jim McCusker

Jim McCusker

@Stephen Redenbaugh, the 2004 Griffin’s is the last one in my cellar!

Domaine du Coulet (Matthieu Barret)

Billes Noires Cornas Syrah 2011

Mason Balistreri

Syrah seemingly in the zeitgeist right now so I picked up this 2011 Coulet. Wow - it's so different than the Cote Rotie I just had. I know syrah can run the gamut but this is radically different. Biodynamic, low so2, neutral oak & concrete. Not really Vin de Garde; Not really Vin de Soif...

So what then? Certainly intense. Plum & liqueur-like raspberry notes that are both in-your-face "sexy" & "scary" at the same time. Even more prevalent than the fruit are the aromas of menthol, acetate, & iron. Nearly akin to robitussin - & I mean that in the best way possible. It's weirdly delicious & syrah freaks will get it.

Unfortunately, the regular consumer might find it to be too much. The slight volatility is both good & bad. It dials up the fruit's sweetness, giving the wine body & texture. But also amps up the medicinal quality. This is not a wine to guzzle & ignore. Admirably, not subtle.

Coincidentally this wine reminds me Pax - who is getting a lot of attention right now & rightfully so. I have't tried the new 100 point Hillside bottle yet (though I have one ready), but I've always been a huge fan of his wines for a long time. My favorite site he works with is Griffins Lair & I believe I've tasted every vintage of it going back to 2002. Those original vintages are bigger & riper (which I still love & fuck you hipsters for not), but even back then Pax never used superfluous new oak, sulfites, yeasts etc.. Yes, they were broad shouldered wines but they were pure & unmasked - like this Cornas. Some of the early 2000s Griffins Lair had a slight volitility that came across as kirsch sweetness. It's an interesting balance that punctuates the varietal character perfectly - & it demands your attention while doing it.

This Cornas is not some delicate wine that somms gush over; nor is it a slick, parkerized wine without sense of place. It's something else. A wine for the true syrah aficianado. The audience is small but those who can appreciate it, will appreciate it. If you like weirdness, intensity, complexity & the flavors to scream at you from the glass, this is your wine.

#cornas #syrah #coulet #biodynamic #pax #coterotie #rhone #northernrhone #rhonevalley
— 3 years ago

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@Mason Balistreri Great Note.....and illuminating.

Desire Lines Wine Co.

Griffin's Lair Vineyard Syrah 2017

Jeremy Shanker

One killer domestic syrah — 3 months ago

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Bears' Lair

California Chardonnay 2016

Very tasty! I like it! — 5 months ago


Griffin's Lair Vineyard Syrah 2009

2009. Took a few hours to open up, gain mouthfeel, and the spicy dark fruits and barrel flavors to grow in while the brett diminished. Paired well with Indian lamb curries. — 8 months ago

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Pax Mahle Wines

Sonoma-Hillsides Syrah 2016

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The 2016 Syrah Sonoma-Hillsides has been nothing less than stunning on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. A wine of extraordinary purity and depth, the 2016 dazzles from the very first taste. The richness and power are simply breathtaking. Bacon fat, smoke, grilled herb and lavender are woven into a graceful, seamless core of inky blue/purplish fruit. Even with all of its intensity, the 2016 remains remarkably light on its feet. The Sonoma-Hillsides is a blend of fruit from Castelli-Knight Ranch, Griffin's Lair and Walker Vine Hill, done with 100% whole clusters and aged in a combination of concrete and neutral oak, with no SO2. I am not sure how the 2016 will age, but I am also not sure it will matter, as most bottles will be long gone before that is an issue. Quite simply, the Sonoma-Hillsides is a total pleasure bomb and a modern-day benchmark for Syrah in California. Don't miss it! (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2018) — 3 years ago

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