Without a doubt, Pax is at the vanguard of the new wave of American producers looking to make refreshing, complex wines from often-times overlooked grapes from amazing cool-climate sites. For me, Pax Mahle is the reference point for what is possible in American-made Syrah, crafting his wines as an homage to both the Northern Rhone (the spiritual home of the grape) and the undeniable California sunshine.
"Vivid violet hues sparkle in the reflections of this brilliant liquid. Aromatically perfect in terms of pure Syrah distinction and purity with all that black pepper, violet and roasted plum. You won’t find any new oak aromas or flavors, just mineral laced fruit, spice and earth harmonizing into a pleasing Syrah elixir. Supple and seamless with teases of chocolate covered cherries, violet candy, coastal forest air, brown figs and ripe plum pie. We drink this wine often and when we do, we serve it at 55 degrees, especially in the summer. You should make an effort to do both of these things as well." -- Pax