Pax Mahle makes majestic Syrah that is light and gentle as single vineyard cool climate Pinot. His wines encapsulate the best of the idiosyncratic grape in a more delicate than typical frame that is complex and lean, but neither thin nor meager.
His Wind Gap Majik single vineyard has funky expressive aromas of iodine, menthol, violet, olive, and black peppercorn. Flavors of herbs, unripe blackberry, and salty minerals. Tons of flavor and body at an astounding 11.5% ABV (2014 was 10.4%!).
P.S. considering buying his Pax Hillside which got 100 points from @Antonio Galloni last year. If anyone has tried 2017 please let me know how it was. — 15 days ago
This wine is amazing. Would be great with food but an incredible sipping wine. I remember how bold this Syrah was years ago when we tasted it. Now it is soft and so easy to drink but has a great nose. Unti is such a hidden gem in DCV. — 5 days ago
Bright red and black berry notes on the nose; medium weight on the palate with an obvious and welcome lightness from the acid/tannin balance. Vital and alive without a hint of jammyness and a long focused finish. I love the Low ABV and the way it washes over your tongue without any sense of weight. — 13 days ago