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2003 Pax Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah, 1.5ltr

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December 7, 2008 - $100



95Robert M. Parker Jr.

...boasting gorgeously opulent blackberry liqueur notes intermixed with notions of charcoal and licorice. Silky-textured, fleshy, and fat, this cuvee is bursting with fruit, glycerin, and character.

93Wine Spectator

An amazing Syrah, with a dense and chewy, yet plush and polished core of blackberry, wild berry, pomegranate and beefy espresso flavors. 183 cases made.

92Stephen Tanzer

Reserved nose hints at dark fruits and smoke. Broad and supple but not at all sweet despite its chocolatey richness. Large-scaled and mouthfilling but not heavy. A big boy, finishing with tannins and strong, fresh black fruit flavors.


United States, California, North Coast, Mendocino County

Mendocino AVA was established in 1984 and amended in 1989. It includes numerous sub-appellations. Mendocino AVA is entirely within Mendocino County, and the AVA is known for its Mediterranean climate. Vintners successfully grow Carignan, Charbono, Grenache, Zinfandel, Petit Sirah and Syrah. In cooler parts of the region Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are also grown. Mendocino County is home to nearly 600 vineyards, and many have been certified organic for decades, thanks to the region’s famous “green and sustainable” approach to agriculture and nearly everything else. Mendocino was named for 16th century explorers, a pair of brothers whose last name was Mendoza. Winemaking, however, didn’t start until the 19th century when some would-be gold miners decided it was more profitable to make wine than to pan for gold. Italian immigrants in the late 19th century continued to establish winemaking ventures.


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.