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"The 2014 Syrah Nellessen Vineyard is a much more typical wine for Wind Gap. A range of dark red cherry, plum, spice and lavender give the 2014 much of its sensual, inviting personality. Expressive floral and savory notes give the 2014 a kick of freshness on the finish. -- Antonio Galloni"
" The first of four Syrahs that we will release in 2014, the Nellessen Vineyard is a steep, south-facing Goldridge Soil covered slope. Planted to two selections of Syrah, this is one very special west county Syrah site. The most aromatic and fruity Syrah in the cellar... this medium-bodied red will compliment your craving for Syrah when the weather turns warm and the bigger richer wines can be too much.
Deep dark-blue/black aromas of cre?me-de-mure and ripe blueberries highlighted by spicy brown spices and bacon fat. The palate is smooth, supple and richly textured, almost thick...but the wine has a weightless richness that is irresistible. " ~ Winery notes
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Wine lovers will know the name Pax Mahle from his first winery – PAX – which garnered high scores and much notoriety. Though he has always been influenced by French styles of winemaking, it was the bold, powerful Syrahs that first brought praise and attention to Pax in his new chapter as Sommelier-turned-Winemaker.
Pax was sourcing fruit from a number of different vineyards within northern California. One year, a particular vineyard had an unusually cool growing season. Fermenting the fruit in single barrels, Pax found that the wines produced from this cooler site had the alluring freshness he had always loved in French wines. He believed they were the kind of wines one could drink every night with dinner, regardless of season. Pax continued experimenting with fruit from cooler growing regions and began picking at lower sugar levels, and in the mid-2000s created the Wind Gap label as an outlet for his new direction.
According to Pax: "Wind Gap is all about classically styled wines that represent the new California."
Many of the winery's vineyards are planted along or are directly influenced by one wind gap or another. These geological breaks in the coastal hills funnel wind inland and strongly influence the growing and ripening of grapes. It seems only fitting that the name should celebrate the forces of nature that are shaping Pax's wines.
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