Deep purple in color and cloudy, with a short reddish /brick rim.
Beautiful nose of blueberries, black plums, vanilla, wood, spices, forest floor, tobacco leaf, wet cave, medicine, vegetables, black pepper, acetone, old leather and earth.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, raspberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, smoke, dark coffee, earth, wet leaves, herbs, vinaigrette and vegetables.
Medium plus on the finish with sour cherries and fine grained tannins.
This 9 year old Syrah from Russian River Valley is still drinking nicely, although on the way out.
Unbalanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.
Good right out of the bottle and died after 90 minutes of airtime. After 60 minutes tannins come out.
I really liked the nose more than the palate, and loved smelling on it.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
14.3% alcohol by volume. Unfiltered.
$75. — 3 days ago
The famed wine that @Antonio Galloni scored 100 points last year. Pax invented this style - whole cluster and zero oak California Syrah nodding Saint Joseph. So concentrated you’ll stain your hands removing the cork. But not overextracted. Picked early with salty metallic wild sour blackberries, rosemary, and lavender. Youthful but still very raw. Complex today but will benefit from a few years to soften the sour green.
Bought two. One for today, one for tomorrow. — 10 days ago
This really reminds me of some of the more natural Cote Rotie producers I've tasted (especially Jean Michel Stephan). Mint, eucyliptus leads the nose with white pepper and subtle bloody meat notes. On the palate, very subtle tropical fruit notes (almost like pineapple and strawberry) but subtle. Plenty of meatiness and herbal quality on the palate too. Ideal wine for lamb. In a really good, soft and easy drinking stage for the 2011 vintage. — 3 days ago
Right down the road from their Pinot site. 900 ft of elevation, just far enough away from their Clary Syrah’s fog level so the grapes get sunshine during the afternoon. A less brooding expression of the grape. You can taste the coastal forest aspect that you can taste in the Pinot. LOVE — 6 days ago
This is a nice surprise. A great Syrah from Sonoma County. Drinks like an old world wine. More like a right bank Bordeaux.
Showing red and black fruits with earth, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices chocolates, tobacco, coke, graphite, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and remove some of the acidity.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
Very smooth and elegant mouthfeel.
This 10 year old is drinking very nicely now. Peaking now. I have to drink my other bottle soon.
A blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. A tiny production of 55 cases.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 11 days ago
Cellared these since last summer and they’ve gone through an awesome metamorphosis. On release they were heavily acid driven with beautiful light fruit. Now the syrah and grenache really shine through while braced by that now integrated acidity leaving a beautifully limpid rose. Delicious. — 10 days ago
Fantastic! Drank over two days and watched it grow up a bit. Came out of the bottle a little coy but really came alive. Medium bodied but with a meaty, greasy flavor, underpinned with wildflowers and spice. Terrifically balanced with lots of depth. — 8 days ago