2017 Pax "Sonoma-Hillsides" Sonoma County Syrah SKU #1383496

Price: $47.95

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Tasting Notes

Not yet rated, this is the follow up to the 100-Point 2016 bottling that Galloni called "A wine of extraordinary purity and depth, the 2016 dazzles from the very first taste...modern-day benchmark for Syrah in California." Now back under the direction of namesake producer Pax Mahle, the wines again carry that reference-point, cult status. While it doesn't have the acclaim of the afforementioned 2016 vintage (yet), the pedigree here is undeniable for the modest release price. Make sure to grab some while availalbe - it is extremely limited.

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Markavage
    By: Jeffrey Markavage
    1/7/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow, what a mouthful of flavor this wine provides! If you weren't ready this wine would knock you over just from holding the glass. For their 2017 Sonoma County Syrah, Pax Mahle uses 100% whole cluster for the fermentation in concrete. As a result, there is no shortage of nice chewy brambly fruit that will leave your taste buds in heaven. Because of the whole cluster inclusion, the alcohol stays in check at about 12.9%. The 2016 received a perfect score and I expect something similar with the 2017 vintage. Read Mr. Whoodhouse's review for more detail
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    1/4/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    A real statement wine. Pax has produced a distinctive whole cluster driven style with 100% stem inclusion and fermentation in concrete. Fruit comes from some of the most celebrated cool climate Syrah sites in California including Griffin's Lair, Nellessen and Castelli-Knight vineyards. Aromas of tart blackberry jam, bramble fruit, bracken, cracked peppercorns and cocoa nib. Medium bodied with sinewy tannins and plenty of mouth filing fruit. Whiffs of smoky reduction and gamy characters hark back to Cornas or St.Joseph. A wine built for the long haul with boundless energy and drive.

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