PAX 2016 Vintage Revews

2016 PAX Gamay Sonoma Coast (90 – 91)
The 2016 Gamay (Sonoma Coast) is superb. Bright, deep and fleshy, the 2016 makes a strong first impression with its super-expressive bright red-toned flavors. The 100% whole clusters add striking nuance throughout. The Pax Gamay is made from vines in Castelli-Knight Ranch, the first Gamay planted on the Sonoma Coast. It will be interesting to see how this wine develops in future vintages. The 2016 is hugely promising.
(Vinous, Antonio Galloni, Jan. 2017)


PAX 2015 Vintage Reviews

2015 PAX Chenin Blanc Buddhas Dharma Vineyard 91
The 2015 Chenin Blanc Buddhas Dharma Vineyard is bold, ample and creamy on the palate, with plenty of apricot pit chamomile, dried flower and honey notes. These old vines, planted in the 1940s, along with the natural richness of the year, produced an especially phenolic, intense expression of Chenin.
Drinking Window 2017 – 2021 (Vinous, Antonio Galloni, Jan. 2017)

PAX 2014 Vintage Reviews

2014 PAX Syrah Kobler Family Vineyard (92-95)
The 2014 Syrah Kobler Family Vineyard is supple racy and expressive, with gorgeous texture and tons of overall balance. With time in the glass, floral and savory notes from the 100% whole clusters take on greater prominence, adding considerable inner perfume and complexity. Although it is early, the 2014 Kobler is shaping up to be another winner from Pax Wine Cellars.
(Antonio Galloni, Jan. 2015)


PAX 2013 Vintage Reviews

2013 PAX Syrah Castelli Knight Ranch (94-96)
My favorite of the 2013s he offered was the 2013 Syrah Castelli-Knight Ranch, which smelled of pen ink, graphite, blackberries, forest floor and pepper, was quite full-bodied and had beautiful acidity.
( #216, Robert M. Parker, Jr., Dec. 2014)

Pax Mahle had the creative idea of matching the soil color of the different vineyards he utilizes with the color of “Pax.” For instance, the white, chalky, limestone soils of the James Berry Vineyard merit a white “Pax” label, etc.


PAX 2012 Vintage Reviews

2012 PAX Grenache, Alder Springs Vineyard 93-95
Made from 100% Grenache, the 2012 Grenache Alder Springs Vineyard displays a dense ruby/purple color, lots of black fruits, a full-bodied richness, impressive purity, a floral component, and good minerality. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.
Drink: 2013 – 2020 (Robert M. Parker, Jr., Dec. 2013)


PAX 2011 Vintage Reviews

2011 PAX Syrah Castelli Knight Ranch (92-94)
Pax’s 2011 Syrah Castelli Knight Ranch bursts from the glass with explosive fruit. Savory herbs, black olives, tobacco, smoke and licorice add complexity to the fruit in this layered, totally impeccable wine. There is so much to like and admire in the 2011, a wine that is literally bursting at the seams with varietal character. Simply put, the 2011 is superb. The 2011 is 100% Syrah, vinified with 100% whole clusters and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new.
Drinking Window 2014-2019. (Vinous, Antonio Galloni, July 2013)


PAX 2010 Vintage Reviews

2010 PAX Syrah Griffin’S Lair Sonoma Coast 93
(made with 75% whole clusters; 13.5% alcohol): Glass-staining ruby. A flamboyantly perfumed bouquet displays scents of cherry liqueur, cassis, bitter chocolate, anise and espresso, complicated by notes of dried flowers. Then youthful and vibrant in the mouth, offering energetic, finely etched flavors of ripe blackberry and boysenberry. Creamy and powerful but with excellent focus and vivacity. The sweet dark berry flavors linger impressively on the smooth, gently tannic finish.
(IWC, Stephen Tanzer, May 2013)