Wind Gap 'Sonoma Coast' Syrah 2014
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"The 2014 Syrah (Sonoma Coast) is a bit more approachable and fruit-forward than I recall in the past. Sweet red cherry, plum and spice add to the wine's up-front personality. The 2014 offers lovely balance in a forward, pliant Syrah that will drink well early. Silky tannins and bright, floral notes add to the wine's considerable appeal. The addition of fruit from Walker Vine Hill gives the Sonoma Coast Syrah a little more ... read more
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Item ID: #29484
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Vinous Media 91
"The 2014 Syrah (Sonoma Coast) is a bit more approachable and fruit-forward than I recall in the past. Sweet red cherry, plum and spice add to the wine's up-front personality. The 2014 offers lovely balance in a forward, pliant Syrah that will drink well early. Silky tannins and bright, floral notes add to the wine's considerable appeal. The addition of fruit from Walker Vine Hill gives the Sonoma Coast Syrah a little more fruitiness and also sets it apart from the other Syrahs in the Wind Gap range, all probably good things for a Syrah meant to be enjoyed young. The 2014 was made from fully destemmed fruit and aged in neutral barrels. -- Antonio Galloni"

Tasting Notes
Deeply fruited and structured, this is classic Sonoma Coast Syrah. Dark, dank aromas from Majik, lifted blue- fruits and purple flowers from Armagh and brilliant blackberry liqueur density from Nellessen, we love the completeness of this blend. Ready to drink on release, this wine will continue to improve for many years in your cellar.

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

Production Notes
547 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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