Pax Mahle Wines

Sonoma-Hillsides Syrah

9.31 ratings
-no pro ratings
Sonoma County, California, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Adriana Fabbro

It must be my lucky week, because I’ve had two spectacular California Syrahs back-to-back (and it’s often months between good showings). Of course, given the hoopla surrounding this wine, anything less would be a dissapointment. This was an equally good, but very different wine from the Presq’uile: where that wine was pretty, finessed, peppery and heavy on the savory, tapenade notes (California’s homage to the N Rhone), this wine has brawn and bravado (unapologetically new world, but in a good way): rich, ripe, concentrated dark fruit, meat on the smoker, cedar, charcoal, underbrush. The tannins are ripe, but substantial and drying on the finish, cutting it short. This will be a much better wine in 5+ years to give those little guys some time to chillax…

100% whole cluster. 0% new oak. 12.5% ABV (!)

It must be my lucky week, because I’ve had two spectacular California Syrahs back-to-back (and it’s often months between good showings). Of course, given the hoopla surrounding this wine, anything less would be a dissapointment. This was an equally good, but very different wine from the Presq’uile: where that wine was pretty, finessed, peppery and heavy on the savory, tapenade notes (California’s homage to the N Rhone), this wine has brawn and bravado (unapologetically new world, but in a good way): rich, ripe, concentrated dark fruit, meat on the smoker, cedar, charcoal, underbrush. The tannins are ripe, but substantial and drying on the finish, cutting it short. This will be a much better wine in 5+ years to give those little guys some time to chillax…

100% whole cluster. 0% new oak. 12.5% ABV (!)

Oct 3rd, 2021