PAX 2011 Vintage Reviews

2011 PAX The Vicar 90-92
The 2011 Vicar is very pretty in this vintage. Less forced than the 2010, the 2011 impresses for its sweet, perfumed fruit and fine overall balance. Sweet red berries, crushed flowers, spices and mint are all framed nicely, while a perfumed finish laced with floral notes rounds things out in style. In 2011, the Vicar is 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, all from the Mountain Terraces vineyard. I find better balance and cohesion in the 2011 than the 2010, perhaps because all the fruit came from just one site. The 2011 Vicar also happens to be a great example of the vintage.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2019. (Wine Advocate #206, Antonio Galloni, April 2013)

2011 PAX Grenache James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles 93
(includes 10% mourvedre; all whole clusters and no new oak; 15.1% alcohol): Vivid ruby. A highly aromatic bouquet displays black raspberry, blueberry, cherry liqueur, cola and Indian spices. Lush and sweet but pure, with energetic red berry, cherry-cola and zesty mineral flavors. Combines depth and energy smoothly, finishing with impressive clarity, gentle tannic grip and noteworthy persistence.
(IWC, Stephen Tanzer, May 2013)

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.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2019. (Wine Advocate #206, Antonio Galloni, April 2013)

2011 PAX Syrah Castelli Knight Ranch 92-93
(all whole clusters and 50% new oak): Dark purple. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas and flavors of cassis, blueberry and cured meat, with a sexy floral overtone. Lush and palate-staining, with excellent clarity and finishing power. Smooth tannins add grip but are quickly absorbed by the wine’s deep fruit.
(IWC, Josh Raynolds, May 2013)

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