Pax Mahle Wines

Testa Vineyards Carignan

9.147 ratings
9.18 pro ratings
Mendocino, North Coast, California, USA
Carignan
Top Notes For
Brian Tuite

Been doing a lot of ‘15s lately, this did not disappoint.

Been doing a lot of ‘15s lately, this did not disappoint.

Oct 25th, 2020
Meg Herring

Rustic and brambly with notes of wild blackberries and raspberries, tart red cherries, violets, raspberry popsicle, cinnamon, and a hint of savory soy sauce. The juicy fruit notes are balanced by a yummy umami quality. Med+ acidity and med- tannin.

Rustic and brambly with notes of wild blackberries and raspberries, tart red cherries, violets, raspberry popsicle, cinnamon, and a hint of savory soy sauce. The juicy fruit notes are balanced by a yummy umami quality. Med+ acidity and med- tannin.

Sep 16th, 2019
Christopher Losa

Owner/Wine Director Bar Bambino

8.7

a bit heavy-handed for carbonic. lush and soft with a lot of forward fruit.

a bit heavy-handed for carbonic. lush and soft with a lot of forward fruit.

Sep 2nd, 2018
Jordan Wardlaw

Love this vintage. This is like Cru Beaujolais in California. Lean, fresh and rustic bistro wine with bright pomegranate, raspberry, floral and spice notes. I love what carbonic maceration does for this wine, providing aromatic lift and creating a linear shape and movement on the palate with just a bit of fine tannin building off the mid palate. The drop off is a bit sudden but that is the style Pax has crafted from this vineyard and I happen to love it. Morgon fans will dig this wine, and I’m just a huge fan of this very focused vintage.

Love this vintage. This is like Cru Beaujolais in California. Lean, fresh and rustic bistro wine with bright pomegranate, raspberry, floral and spice notes. I love what carbonic maceration does for this wine, providing aromatic lift and creating a linear shape and movement on the palate with just a bit of fine tannin building off the mid palate. The drop off is a bit sudden but that is the style Pax has crafted from this vineyard and I happen to love it. Morgon fans will dig this wine, and I’m just a huge fan of this very focused vintage.

Jun 15th, 2018
Jonathan Wall

Brilliant Carignane that matched a spring afternoon sipping in the sun. Refreshing red fruits. Slight sharp tang on the finish.

Brilliant Carignane that matched a spring afternoon sipping in the sun. Refreshing red fruits. Slight sharp tang on the finish.

May 4th, 2018
Brian Tuite

Gulp!

Gulp!

Oct 5th, 2016
Jake Hajer

Blueberries, candied Bing cherry. Viscous and Vivid.

Blueberries, candied Bing cherry. Viscous and Vivid.

Sep 15th, 2016
David Metcalf

Very fun juice. Whole cluster, carbonic and quite quaffable. More cru than nouveau, with good tannins and body. Should drink well for a couple more years. #glou

Very fun juice. Whole cluster, carbonic and quite quaffable. More cru than nouveau, with good tannins and body. Should drink well for a couple more years. #glou

Feb 5th, 2019
Raul Puga

Just freaking delicious

Just freaking delicious

Aug 16th, 2020
Ely Cohn

By now I can spot Pax in a lineup. Inky but feather light - nearly always sub 13% ABV. Concentrated, stripped of fruit and outside influence. Whole cluster and tart green. Youthful. New world with a nod to old world.

Testa fits. Lean, restrained, with a ruby purple. BlackBerry and crushed rock.

By now I can spot Pax in a lineup. Inky but feather light - nearly always sub 13% ABV. Concentrated, stripped of fruit and outside influence. Whole cluster and tart green. Youthful. New world with a nod to old world.

Testa fits. Lean, restrained, with a ruby purple. BlackBerry and crushed rock.

Apr 10th, 2019