Wind Gap Wines

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.

Farming Practice: Practicing Organic

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Wind Gap 'Sonoma Coast' Syrah 2014
91  Vinous Media 
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
Item Number: 29484

Wind Gap Trousseau Gris 2017
Tasting Note: "Bright, fresh, and clean, with supple yellow & white tree fruits, pronounced floral aromatics, and exotic spices, this California Original is all about having fun and enjoying life with a glass of wine in your hand. Smashable and delicious this 2017 will delight with almost any type

Wind Gap 'Nellesen' Syrah 2014
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "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

Wind Gap 'Sonoma Coast' Syrah 2013
" This 2013 continues a long-standing tradition of blending our favorite cold-climate Syrah sites together to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts. More wiz, bang and pop than the 2012, this wine is loaded with all of those savory Syrah qualities that you have heard me talk

Wind Gap 'Sonoma Coast' Pinot Noir 2013
94  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 94 "The 2013 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a great introduction to the Wind Gap wines. Exotic, perfumed and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2013 offers lovely depth and textural finesse in a supple, radiant style with tons of near and medium-term appeal. Hints of tangerine peel,

Wind Gap 'Sonoma Coast' Syrah 2012
95  Decanter 
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

Wind Gap 'Armagh' Syrah 2012
94  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 94 "The 2012 Syrah Armagh Vineyard is the most explosive and mineral-driven of the Wind Gap Syrahs. Vivid and chiseled in the glass, the Armagh hits the palate with an exciting mélange of graphite, smoke, tar, black fruit, iron and crushed rocks, all supported by firm, incisive tannins

Wind Gap 'Nellesen' Syrah 2012
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "The 2012 Syrah Nellessen Vineyard captures the essence of this radiant, south-facing site in its rich, inviting personality. Here the flavors are bold, broad and creamy, with notable textural depth and resonance. The 100% whole clusters adds aromatics and brightness, but there is

Wind Gap Chardonnay 'Sonoma Coast' 2010
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "Melon, pears, white flowers, graphite and crushed rocks come to life in the 2010 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast). A vivid, complex wine, the 2010 stands out for its nuance and overall level of complexity. Constantly changing, the 2010 is at once beautifully delineated, yet soft, supple

Wind Gap 'Sonoma Coast' Syrah 2010
93  John Gilman 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2010 Syrah (Sonoma Coast) bursts from the glass with explosive dark fruit, olives, black pepper, sage, rosemary and juniper berries. Rich, intense and generous, the 2010 is flat-out stunning. The 100% whole clusters are very nicely balanced in this vintage. Delicate, savory