Pax Sonoma-Hillsides Syrah 2019


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“The 2019 Syrah Sonoma Hillsides is once again the star of this range from Pax Mahle. Rich and exotic, with notable depth, the Hillsides is quite a bit brighter than the other Syrahs in the portfolio. Red cherry, plum, pomegranate, mocha, spice, leather and tobacco abound. The whole clusters are present, but nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. As always, the Hillsides is a blend taken from several sites, done with 100% whole clusters and aged in concrete. Every time I taste the Hillsides, I think the same thing: why doesn’t Pax Mahle treat all his Syrahs this way? Drinking window: 2024-2034. 97 points

This is a stellar set of new releases from Pax Mahle. The 2019 Syrahs in particular are tremendous. There is a radiance and lushness to the 2019s that gives them so much allure, and yet the overall style of the wines remains intact. As always, the Syrahs are done with 100% stems and aged in concrete and/or neutral oak. I would be thrilled to drink any of these wines any day of the week.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/22)