Pax

The Emerald Pool Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah

9.223 ratings
9.24 pro ratings
Mendocino, North Coast, California, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

An unexpected surprise from our host, Paul Lister, at Alladale Lodge where he produced a mixed half dozen of 2004 Pax Syrah from different vineyards left by a former guest. A marvellous fragrant nose showing mature smoky meaty Syrah notes with savoury black cherry - also Bacon fat. Similar notes carrying thru onto the palate finishing with mellow resolved flowing Tannins. The 16.2 % ABV not noticeable. This wine was reminiscent of Henschke Hill of Grace for me. Cork broke in half trying to extract but in no way effected the wine. My first aged US Syrah and most impressed.

An unexpected surprise from our host, Paul Lister, at Alladale Lodge where he produced a mixed half dozen of 2004 Pax Syrah from different vineyards left by a former guest. A marvellous fragrant nose showing mature smoky meaty Syrah notes with savoury black cherry - also Bacon fat. Similar notes carrying thru onto the palate finishing with mellow resolved flowing Tannins. The 16.2 % ABV not noticeable. This wine was reminiscent of Henschke Hill of Grace for me. Cork broke in half trying to extract but in no way effected the wine. My first aged US Syrah and most impressed.

Jul 19th, 2019
Kevin Ortzman

Big black raspberry with a spicy leather finish

Big black raspberry with a spicy leather finish

Jul 25th, 2016
Eric

Meaty peppery dense and intense.

Meaty peppery dense and intense.

Sep 14th, 2018
Eric

Comes from a single block of the Alder Springs vineyard. 16% alcohol! Vinous called it “feral” which is a pretty accurate descriptor. The most concentrated Pax I have ever had. Massive black fruit, pepper, raw bacon and dark molasses. Very complex with a 30 second finish. Awesome stuff! Especially for $40 from the Old and Rare section of K&L. Glad I bought a couple. Loads of time left.

Comes from a single block of the Alder Springs vineyard. 16% alcohol! Vinous called it “feral” which is a pretty accurate descriptor. The most concentrated Pax I have ever had. Massive black fruit, pepper, raw bacon and dark molasses. Very complex with a 30 second finish. Awesome stuff! Especially for $40 from the Old and Rare section of K&L. Glad I bought a couple. Loads of time left.

May 29th, 2018
Scott Soren

The bottle that turn me on to Rhone. So good. All still there.

The bottle that turn me on to Rhone. So good. All still there.

Apr 5th, 2018
Bob Boyle

Drinking well, fruit still intact with modest tannins holding everything together

Drinking well, fruit still intact with modest tannins holding everything together

Jun 5th, 2017
Paco Suro

Surprisingly not as rich as I would have expected for a 15.0 juice.

Surprisingly not as rich as I would have expected for a 15.0 juice.

Oct 16th, 2016
Gilbert Van Hassel

Still a beast after 11 years

Still a beast after 11 years

Jun 19th, 2016
Richie Mello

A show stopper of a Syrah. Happy where it's at, although next time I think that I will wait a couple years for it to mature more. A true Vin du Garde nonetheless. Expressive, unique and exciting! @Pax Mahle @Jason Ruppert

A show stopper of a Syrah. Happy where it's at, although next time I think that I will wait a couple years for it to mature more. A true Vin du Garde nonetheless. Expressive, unique and exciting! @Pax Mahle @Jason Ruppert

Jun 1st, 2015
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

9.1

Matt had this 2 years ago

Matt had this 2 years ago

Jun 12th, 2019