Wind Gap 'Sonoma Coast' Syrah 2012
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Decanter 95
"Pax Mahle is one of California’s Syrah masters and this, from the Armagh, Nellessen and Majik vineyards, has a perfect balance of spice and fruit – bright plum, black olive, fine pepper, coppery mineral notes. Tangy and sappy and very refined."~Jon Bonne

Vinous Media 94
"Wind Gap's Syrah (Sonoma Coast) is once again terrific in 2012. Wild flowers, mint, violets and dark varietal fruits lift from the glass, with a lovely layer of savory overtones from ... read more
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Item ID: #17759
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Decanter 95
"Pax Mahle is one of California’s Syrah masters and this, from the Armagh, Nellessen and Majik vineyards, has a perfect balance of spice and fruit – bright plum, black olive, fine pepper, coppery mineral notes. Tangy and sappy and very refined."~Jon Bonne

Vinous Media 94
"Wind Gap's Syrah (Sonoma Coast) is once again terrific in 2012. Wild flowers, mint, violets and dark varietal fruits lift from the glass, with a lovely layer of savory overtones from the 100% whole clusters. In 2013, the core of the blend is Nellessen, but the exuberance of that site is nicely balanced by some of the more restrained fruit sources. All the elements come together in an effortless, gracious Syrah that delivers fabulous quality and personality, all at an exceedingly fair price." ~ Antonio Galloni


" Spicy and alive, the red fruit aromas are highlighted by flowers and spice until the darker black fruited character brings added depth and richness to an otherwise medium-bodied Pinot Noir. Complex and loaded with rights & lefts and ups & downs, this wine constantly evolves in your glass and picks up weight and verve the longer the wine is open. Very intriguing and undeniably Pinot Noir…yum.

Vineyard Notes
40% Gaps Crown Vineyard, 35% Griffins Lair Vineyard, 15% Black Knight Vineyard, 10% Sun Chase Vineyard

Production Notes
976 cases bottled

Wind Gaps

Many of our 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 our grapes. It seems only fitting to us that our name should celebrate the forces of nature that are shaping our wines.

Pax Mahle, Winemaker

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.” ~ Winery notes

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Wind Gap WinesWine 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.

Farming Practice: Practicing Organic

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