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2005 Pax - Syrah Obsidian Syrah - USA - California - Sonoma - Knights Valley - Red

USA - California - Sonoma - Knights Valley

Red Syrah
Producer Notes

Pax Mahle produced a wide selection of vineyard-designate Syrahs from Northern California under this label for many years before leaving to begin another project, Wind Gap. Under the Pax label, he utilized indigenous fermentations, minimal handling, unobtrusive use of French oak and bottling without filtering or fining. Great care was always taken in the vineyards to produce the best fruit... More »

Score
97
WS 88
IWC 94
WA 96
Drink Dates
WA: 2010-2022 WS: 2009-2013
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IWC 94
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 132

($50) Inky ruby. A huge, room-filling bouquet of dark cherry, blackcurrant, candied violet and licorice offers enormous sex appeal and great clarity. Lush, inky and powerfully built, with impressively energetic dark berry and cherry compote flavors. Very fine tannins add support but this is almost too big for its pants. Lovely boysenberry and mulberry flavors are given focus by subtle minerality, with the finish showing outstanding focus and persistence. I was really struck by the mix of ripeness and freshness here.

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WA 96
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 174
Drink Dates 2010-2022

The 2005 Syrah Obsidian Vineyard is from Knight's Valley. This is steep hillside vineyard stuff with a dense, dark purple color, a phenomenally rich nose of brioche, acacia flowers, blackberry, and blueberry jam intermixed with some white chocolate and perhaps hints of fig and truffle. The wine is spicy, full-bodied, incredibly opulent, and thick, even unctuously textured, with great purity and richness. Moreover, the glycerin and viscosity cover up some huge tannins. This is an amazingly big, thick wine, but it still cascades over the palate like a waterfall. This wine should come into its own in several years and drink well for 10-15.

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WS 88
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2009-2013

Spicy, with savory, beefy pepper, sage and leather flavors that veer to dryness, ending with a loamy earthiness. Loads of tannins. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 625 cases made.

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Author Patrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.047%
Tasted On 02/07/2015

Great stuff-olive bacon fat licorice

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Author Stewart
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.909%
Tasted On 10/15/2011
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Author tommy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.895%
Tasted On 09/02/2010
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