PAX 2014 Vintage Reviews

2014 PAX The Hermit 89
Pax’s 2014 The Hermit is built around a core of fruit from Walker-Vine Hill. A host of inky blue/purplish fruit, black pepper, licorice, lavender and plum are all pushed forward, with soft contours that add to the wine’s considerable immediacy. A closing flourish of savory, peppery notes rounds things out nicely. This is absolutely a gorgeous Syrah from Pax Wine Cellars.
Drinking Window 2017 – 2024 (Vinous, Antonio Galloni, Jan. 2017)

2014 PAX Syrah Walker Vine Hill Vineyard (91-94)
The 2014 Syrah Walker Vine Hill Vineyard is lifted, floral and silky in style, with pretty red-toned fruits and plenty of underlying support from the tannins. Based on its supple personality, it looks like the 2014 will offer plenty of near and medium-term appeal. Hints of pomegranate, dark raspberries and wild flowers add the final dimensions of complexity.
(Vinous, Antonio Galloni, Jan. 2015)

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.
(Vinous, Antonio Galloni, Jan. 2015)

2014 PAX Syrah Griffin’s Lair Vineyard 93
The 2014 Syrah Griffins Lair Vineyard comes across as very closed in on itself. That should not be much of an issue, as the wine won’t be released until November 2017. At this stage, there is plenty of brightness and intensity to the dark red cherry, pomegranate, smoke and game flavors to suggest the wine has a very bright future, even if it needs time to fully come together. This is a terrific set of wines from Pax Mahle’s Pax Wine Cellars label. The wines are generally richer and more powerful in style than the wines Mahle makes under his Wind Gap label. Mahle attributes that mostly to the personality of specific sites and where they reach optimal ripeness as opposed to winemaking choices. Syrah forms the core of the range, but there is also plenty to like in some of the recent additions to the range, including the Chenin, Carignan and Gamay.
Drinking Window 2018 – 2026. (Vinous, Antonio Galloni, Jan. 2017)

2014 PAX Syrah Castelli-Knight Ranch 94
Inky dark fruit, tobacco, scorched earth, herbs and leather flesh out in the 2014 Syrah Castelli-Knight Ranch. One of the more voluptuous and overt wines in the range, the Castelli-Knight exudes breadth and volume in all of its dimensions. The 2014 was done with no whole clusters, which helps bring out the fruit character nicely.
Drinking Window 2017 – 2024. (Vinous, Antonio Galloni, Jan. 2017)

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