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PAX 2015 Vintage Reviews

2015 PAX Chenin Blanc Buddhas Dharma Vineyard 91 points
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)

2015 PAX The Vicar North Coast 90 points
The 2015 The Vicar, Pax’s entry-level, Grenache, is terrific. Pliant, supple and nuanced, the 2015 offers lovely purity of fruit in a silky, mid-weight, refreshing style that is ideal for drinking now and over the next few years, while the fruit remains fresh and vibrant. In 2015, the Vicar is equal parts Castelli-Knight Ranch and Alder Springs Grenache, vinified with 100% whole clusters. Drinking Window 2018 – 2022. (Vinous, Antonio Galloni, April 2018)

2015 PAX The Hermit North Coast 88 points
The 2015 The Hermit (Syrah) tastes very ripe and sweet, which is probably a reflection of an early-ripening vintage with very low yields, as the wine was aged in neutral oak. There is plenty of depth to the inky blue/purplish fruit, but most of the wine’s appeal is upfront, as the intensity tails off on the mid-palate and finish. The 2015 was done with 100% whole clusters. Fruit sources are Castelli-Knight Ranch, Griffin’s Lair, Walker Vine Hill Syrah and Alder Springs Syrah. Drinking Window 2018 – 2021. (Vinous, Antonio Galloni, April 2018)

2015 PAX Syrah Alder Springs Vineyard 92+ points
Pax’s 2015 Syrah Alder Springs Vineyard is powerful, dense and brooding, with very little vintage 2015 sexiness. Tiny yields of just 0.75 tons per acre mark the wine to a significant degree in both the intensity of fruit and tannin. Savory herb, leather, smoke, tobacco nuances open up in the glass, but the 2015 is a decidedly powerful, brooding wine that needs time to unwind. The question is whether there will be enough fruit when the tannins soften. There is a lot going on here, that much is obvious. Drinking Window 2020 – 2030. (Vinous, Antonio Galloni, April 2018)

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